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If you’ve filled up your gas tank lately, it probably cost you a small fortune. High gas prices are putting a dent in everyone’s wallet.
As of June 9, the national average for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.54. That’s up a significant amount from a year ago when the national average was $2.79.
With that in mind, here are a few gas-saving tips to boost your vehicle’s fuel economy:
- Slow down on the highways. Driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent or more.
- Avoid stop-and-go driving; accelerating and braking cause your engine to expend more fuel. If you can’t avoid driving in the city, accelerate slowly.
- Get rid of any “junk in the trunk.” Even 50 pounds of excess weight can harm your fuel economy.
- Keep a steady speed. Speeding up and slowing down wastes fuel.
- Avoid using your air conditioner when possible; they can reduce fuel economy up to 20 percent.
- Give your vehicle some TLC! Get a regular tune-up, keep your tires inflated.
- Find the cheapest gas in town. At GasBuddy.com, you enter your ZIP code and scroll through local gas prices. There’s even a GasBuddy application for iPhone and Droid users. (Searching for dirt cheap gas prices? There’s an app for that.)
Duncan Financial Group has one more potentially helpful suggestion. If you can’t kick high gas prices, try offsetting your losses by paying less for car insurance. If you can cut $20 or so from your monthly premium, high gas prices won’t sting quite as much. Visit our website to see how we can save you money today.
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