Sharing a ride — for example, driving to work with a colleague or offering to split driving duties with other parents — is a great way to reduce spending on fuel (as well as reduce wear and tear on your vehicle). Carpooling, taking public transportation, walking, or biking just one day a week can save the typical commuter up to 1,200 miles every year, or an average of $170.1
Choose another form of transportation
Rising gas prices are a major concern for most Americans, and the average car commuter spends $867 on fuel annually.2 Additionally, the cost of vehicles themselves has risen sharply since the pandemic began. Biking, walking, and taking public transportation are often significantly less expensive than driving — as well as less stressful. Experiment with taking an alternate form of transportation to work if possible, even just one day a week, to save time and money on gas.
Check your tire pressure
Properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent and will last longer, saving you money on maintenance.3 Check your tire pressure every month or so, using the sticker inside your driver door (or your vehicle manual) to see the proper pressure. It’s best to adjust tire pressure when your tires are cold, before you’ve driven. You can buy a digital air compressor for about $30.
Keep up on vehicle maintenance
A well-maintained engine operates more efficiently, leading to better gas mileage. Regularly change your oil and replace air filters. Using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil and opting for “energy conserving” oil can contribute to fuel savings. Energy-conserving oils contain additives that reduce friction, making the engine more efficient and improving gas mileage.