June 10, 2012

Tips for Saving Money on Fuel this Summer


For many of us, summer is officially here as our kids are now out of school for the next twelve weeks or so. If you’re like me, then this means you’ll be spending a little more time in the car driving from place to place. While I’m thankful that my son is only 4 ½ and I don’t have to do the extended amount of driving that many people with multiple kids who are older do, I will still be spending more time running around town than usual over the next few months.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that with the high cost of fuel today and the extra miles we’ll be putting on our vehicles, we’ll be spending more money this summer at the pump. If you’re interested in learning how you can save money on fuel this summer, keep reading. I’ve done a little researched and found out about some out-of-the-ordinary tricks for saving money on fuel.
1.    Service Regularly – Many of us are guilty of driving an extra 500, 1000 or more miles than we should before getting our oil changed and our vehicles properly serviced. This mistake can cost us money though…in fact, this can cause us to spend up to 20% more in fuel if we’ve got something like a bad air filter in the vehicle. So, make sure you get your vehicle serviced when it’s due – every 3,000-5,000 miles depending on your vehicle.

2.    Air Up the Tires – You may not realize this, but it actually costs you more money to drive a vehicle that has slightly deflated tires then it does to keep the tires full. Did you realize that when you drive on tires low in air, that you could be wasting up to $5 for every $20 of gas you put in your tank? So, next time you prepare to go on a lengthy trip (say an out of town wedding that your little one is the flower girl for), air the tires up and you’ll enjoy better fuel mileage.

3.    Use the Garage…For the Car – I know, right? What a novel idea…using the garage for the vehicle! I’m guilty of this myself – sometimes I park in the driveway instead of my garage because I’ve got too much stuff in the garage. However, during the summer months, it’s important to get the garage cleaned out and start parking the car in it because your car will stay cooler in the garage. Why is this important?  Your A/C uses fuel to run and when your vehicle sits outside in the summer, it gets extremely hot inside, which causes your A/C to work harder once you start it…costing you more money in fuel. So, park it in the garage and lessen the load for your A/C this summer.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this blog post and found the information helpful. While Kids Formal is dedicated to providing high-quality children’s formal wear (flower girl dresses, boys’ suits, girls hair accessories, christening gowns, boys accessories, etc.) we do strive to provide our customers with valuable information all parents can use. Hopefully, this article has done that for you!