Although I don't currently own a car, I sympathize with my close friends and family members who constantly complain about paying for gas. Right now, gas prices are relatively low compared to last year but like every summer, the price of gas is starting to creep back up— on May 1, the national average for gas was $2.05. As of last week, the national average was $2.46 (that's over 40 cents in less than one month!) With wallets looking slimmer and road trips looming around the corner, what's a girl to do to save money at the pump?
Before you fill up, you have to check out . This website will help you find cheap gas prices in your city. I also found out some fabulous other ways you can save money at the pump (and keep your car in tip-top shape) from the car care experts at Jiffy Lube:
-Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure- You can improve your gas mileage by 3.3% by doing so. Find out your vehicle's recommended tire pressure info in the vehicle owner's manual.
-Use your vehicle's recommended grade oil- You can improve your gas mileage by up to 2%.
-Lighten your load- Extra weight causes you to burn more fuel. Leave unnecessary items at home.
-Avoid aggressive driving- Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by 5%.
-Carpool- Taking advantage of carpools could cut your weekly gas usage in half.
For more tips, deals and coupons, please visit . And please send me your gas-saving stories to [email protected] Happy driving!