July 24, 2022

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Car to Offset Higher Gas Prices

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While the summer has offered a little relief from the $5 per gallon we were seeing at the gas pumps in the spring, prices are still much higher than they have been over the past several years—the average in Kansas in late July 2022 being around $3.85 per gallon.

To help offset the increase in prices at the pump, Centers Health Care has a look at five ways you can save on costs related to your vehicle.

  1. Gradual Starts and Stops

If you accelerate quickly, you’re burning more gas than you would normally use to get up to speed; when braking, if you stop suddenly, you’re wasting all that gas you used during your acceleration. If you can anticipate slowing down and it is safe to do so, try to coast a bit to slow down before needing to apply the brake.

  1. Sell Your Car Privately

The used-car market is still a hot one, but experts say you’re more likely to get more bang for your buck if you sell your vehicle on your own. If you’re looking to sell as part of a trade-in for a newer vehicle, negotiate the price of your new car and come to an agreement before letting them bid on your car. This way, you know the trade-in value being offered.

  1. Choose Low Rolling Resistance Tires

These tires lessen the friction caused by the rubber of the tire meeting the road, which can actually improve your gas mileage from around 5 to 10%. If you live in an area where there is a lot of snow and rain, be sure to check the ratings of these tires for those conditions, but they are generally a good option for most.

  1. Look Into an Electric Vehicle

The supply of electric vehicles is rising, meaning that they are becoming more common and affordable across the country. In addition, there could be federal buy-back incentives for purchasing an EV. Experts say that if you drive around 12,000 miles a year, the extra cost of an EV will be negated by your fuel savings.

  1. Go By Your Car’s Manual for Oil Changes

If you go by the sticker that most oil-change locations put on your windshield, you’ll be changing the oil every 3,000 miles. But most cars now use synthetic oil that lasts 5,000 or more miles. Check your vehicle’s manual for the recommended distance between oil changes.

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