9 Tips to Maximize Your Gas Mileage.
January 12, 2018
Thanks to the simple laws of physics, cars use the most gas as they accelerate. Gentle braking—or avoiding the brakes all together—is the best way to prevent unnecessary acceleration and manage gas consumption. In stop-and-go traffic, leave extra distance between your car and the car in front of you. Doing so will allow the car to gently (and safely) coast, which is preferable to slamming on the brakes and then flooring the accelerator to start moving again.
Slow down. Speeding on the highway can be a tough habit to break, but it’s worth every penny to do so. In fact, slowing from 70 mph to 65 mph can reduce fuel consumption by up to 7 percent. And decreasing speeds from 65 mph to 55 mph can save you even more.
Empty out your trunk. Driving around with extra gear in your trunk weighs down your car. Carrying your golf clubs? Storing extra suitcases? If you truly want to get serious about how to save gas when driving, empty everything out aside from your emergency roadside kit.
Remove your luggage rack. Unless you are currently using your ski, bicycle or luggage rack, dismount it. Even the most aerodynamic racks add wind resistance, which decreases your fuel efficiency.
Rethink your commute. The more time you spend in stop and go traffic, the more gas you’ll burn… and the more money you’ll be spending. Rethink your daily commute and choose secondary roads to avoid heavy traffic or stoplights. Remember, the shortest route is not always the most fuel-efficient.
Downsize your rental. A smaller car will always have greater fuel economy thanks to its smaller mass. You may not be able to trade in your family car at home, but if you’re traveling and have the option to rent, opt for a smaller vehicle. You’ll have just as much fun on vacation, and you’ll have a little extra change in your pocket to enjoy the sights.
Straighten up. Improper alignment not only wears your tires faster, but it also causes your engine to work harder—burning more gas. The next time you get your oil changed, ask to have your tires aligned.
Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires, like misaligned tires, cause your engine to burn more gas. In fact, one out of every four cars may be driving with slightly deflated tires. Even minor under-inflation can cost up to 6 cents per gallon in lost efficiency. Check your owner’s manual for the proper inflation.
Drive less. Spend every day behind the wheel? Rethinking your driving habits can help you save money. When running errands, park your car in one central place and walk to different stores, rather than driving around the same shopping center. Make one day each week your “car-free” day. Walk, bike or take public transportation. Set up a weekly commute with coworkers or friends. If you’re not driving, you’re not spending money on gas!
What Your Garaging Address Can Mean for Car Insurance
If you’ve ever purchased car insurance, you’ve probably seen the term garaging address. But if you’re like most people, you may be a little fuzzy about what it actually means and how it differs from a regular ol’ address.
If that’s the case, we can help. Here we shed some light on what exactly a garaging address is. Knowing how to properly identify your garaging address will help ensure you’ve got the appropriate coverage for your vehicle.
What is a garaging address?
Simple. Your garaging address is where your car is parked the majority of the time. This is probably where you live (making it your actual address too) but some situations aren’t so cut and dry.
Say, for example, you live in Illinois and are what’s known as a “snowbird.” If you spend your spring and summer splashing in Lake Michigan, but hop in your car and head south to escape the winter, which residence should you list as your garaging address?
The answer: wherever you spend more time. If you’re in Illinois for 10 months out of the year and Florida for 2 months, your Illinois address should be used as your garaging location.
Why your garaging address matters
While every insurance company has a different formula for calculating rates, several things factor into the equation — and your garaging address may be one of them.
For instance, if you’re an urbanite living in a large city, where vandalism and crime rates tend to be a bit higher, the cost of insurance is likely to be a bit higher as well. On the flip side, if you live in an area with very little crime, your insurance rates could potentially be lower.
Always provide an accurate, up-to-date garaging address
Because your garaging address may affect how your insurance rate is calculated, it’s important to provide your insurer with accurate information.
So if you move, or if the address your car spends the most time at changes, be sure to contact your insurance provider to updated your information.