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​How to save a lot of money on gas

The world is in problems. Oil is becoming more valuable as time passes, because all our sources are soon going to be dry.

Your best bet is driving defensively. Defensive driving means that you can't drive aggressively. Aggressive driving is when you break a lot, drive very fast when it is not needed, slowing down and speeding up at a fast pace.

With this kind of driving, not that you cut your budget and consume more gas, you increase the emission of harmful gasses to the atmosphere.

The first thing you have to check is pressure in your tires. Tires that are pumped at the pressure that the instructions say last longer and you also save money because of it.

Decrease the load. This means that you will have to take only needed things with you, let's say you are going to a vacation. You don't really need all that stuff, don't you? Roof racks aren't that important, you can live without all the little things and bags you don't even open.

Invest in a gas motor! It WILL cost you 1500-2000 Euros, but the experts say that you get all that money back in 20000 kilometers of driving. If you drive a lot, invest in it, you won't be sorry.

When you are waiting for that good old green light, if you know it won't come soon, just turn the key and turn off your engine, it won't save a lot, but even pennies are valuable if you know what you want to spend it on rather than gas.

Here are a few tips to save money:

1. Use alternative transport! Sometimes, a bicycle is better for going to work.

2. You can save 20% on gas if the right person is driving, that knows how to keep his foot off the gas to get somewhere faster.

3. Get a Gas-diary. Keep track of how much money you spend on gas and where you are going with it. If you are going on the same road more times a week, try to note how much you spent every time with some other type of driving. Maybe you will be surprised!

4. When the wind is blowing really bad outside, choose a track that is in between buildings and trees, and not the open road, because it really slows you down.

5. Keep your RPM between 2000-3000 RPM, like professional drivers, this is VERY VERY important.

6. Choose a smoother road rather than a gravel road, it is better for tires and the car consumes less gas.

7. Do not rush when there is a traffic jam going on, when the people are going to work and home from work. Stops and go's aren't that good for the engine itself.

8. At faster speeds, drive with closed windows and close the upper window if you have one. It seriously decreases aerodynamic load.

9. Don't start your engine if you are talking with people in the car, checking the seat belt and so on.

10. Minimize your braking. First, you spend more brake oil, and you spend much more gas with constant braking, when the engine is running.

I hope these tips will help you!