Birmingham, AL —
Road trip. If you’re planning a long-distance road trip and are not quite sure how much money you will need to set aside for gas, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator may come in handy. The results are based upon your starting location and destination as well as the make, model and year of your vehicle. Visit fuelcostcalculator.aaa.com to try it out. And think twice before choosing to take your larger vehicle on vacation.
“We recommend that if you’re choosing between driving the SUV and the sedan, you drive the more fuel-efficient model,” Ash said.
Keep your cool. Although somewhat impossible in the summer heat, if you avoid blasting the A/C in your car, you can keep from unnecessarily losing approximately 8 percent of your gas. When it’s not so steamy out, rolling down the windows and saving the air conditioner for highway travel only can be beneficial to your wallet.
Charge it. Many credit card companies offer cash back on certain services throughout specific months. Be sure that you are signed up for these bonuses and make note of when you can receive these benefits on your gasoline purchases.
Less is more. Avoid topping off, as excess gas only ends up evaporating or sloshing out of the tank. Also, make sure your gas cap is secure for the same reason; newer car models have airtight fuel systems, but the seals on gas caps on older vehicles should be checked.
Plan ahead. Perhaps the easiest tip to follow is to plan your driving excursions ahead of time. Make sure you consolidate multiple shopping trips into one, rather than breaking them up into different trips throughout the day. Many people may find that carpooling to work or school may also be a feasible and money-friendly option.