Can you really save up to $800 a year on gasoline?

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It seems like every time I turn around there is someone else talking about how to save money on gasoline.  Some of the ideas I’ve seen are actually pretty interesting and while some of them would work, I’m not too sure about others.

But with gas prices going down – the national average is now below $3/gallon (even in California, where this weekend I bought gas for $2.69/gallon) – we are all saving by just not paying as much at the pump.

However, there are still many different ways to save money on gas.  Smart gas-saving tips usually include ways to save money and help the environment at the same time, like using a gasoline or diesel fuel additive, biofuel or liquid fuel enhancer.

Per research done by the National Resources Defense Council, the following tips could potentially save the driver of an average vehicle up to $800 per year:

Keep your vehicle well maintained –

  • check tire pressure
  • get regular maintenance checks
  • use a fuel-efficient motor oil
  • remove heavy items from your vehicle

Drive smart –

  • slow down and avoid rapid acceleration
  • turn the engine off if your wait is longer than 30 seconds

Drive less –

  • car pool or use mass transit

Additional tips –

  • try another gasoline grade (consult your owner’s manual first)
  • buy a more efficient car

So if you are serious about saving money on gasoline and doing something for the environment at the same time, take these tips to heart.  The least they will do is put some extra cash in your pockets.

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