Money Saving Driving Tips
If you’ve ever purchased a vehicle before, you know they are rarely cheap and if they are, they are likely to be unreliable. Even after the initial upfront cost of buying a car, owners are hit with more expenses just from owning and using it. But there’s good news for beleaguered drivers… there are steps you can take to help keep more green in your wallet. Here are our money-saving driving tips…
Defensive Driving – Defensive driving is not only a safer, more conservative and smarter way to drive, it is also highly cost efficient. Simple acts of defensive driving such as maintaining a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and being aware of your surroundings can help you avoid a costly accident and insurance rate increases. In addition, it can also help reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle’s brakes and engine. It’s no secret that hard stops and fast accelerations increase the frequency of needing maintenance but they also increase your chances of being involved in an accident or receiving a traffic violation which would have a negative effect on your insurance premium.
Put An End To Idle – While people love climbing into a warm vehicle during West Michigan’s long winters, all that idling adds up in a significant way. But the real question is… how much does it really cost? Shockingly, researchers estimate that idling in America from heavy duty and light duty vehicles adds up to 6 billion gallons of fuel being wasted each year! While many still believe that it’s necessary to still ‘warm up’ a vehicle in colder temperatures, that idea is antiquated and no longer helps prolong the life of a vehicle. Once a strong recommendation for vehicles that had a carbureted engine. Today’s vehicles now have engines with electronic fuel injection that have sensors to compensate for the cold by pumping more gasoline into the mixture. These engines continue to run rich in this way until it heats up to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You can save your wallet and your vehicle’s engine more wear than necessary and skip the urge to idle when it’s not required.
Combine Errands – Not only will combining errands save you money but in the end, it will save you time and unneeded miles on your vehicle as well. Figure out which day you might be able to fit it all in or even while you’re out and about for an appointment or work. By taking care of all those odds and ends while you’re already out, you can use less fuel which in turn saves you money at the pump.
Smart Car Care
Tires – Taking care of your tires will extend the life of them which results in not having to buy them as frequently. In addition, low tire pressure is not only dangerous but it can take a big hit on your wallet as well with additional money spent on gas and replacement. A tire that’s correctly inflated will last longer, keep your safer and use less gas. To save money on fuel and unwanted additional wear to your treads, keep your tires inflated to the psi recommended by the manufacturer.
Periodical Maintenance – Having regular maintenance done to your vehicle can not only help prevent larger, more expensive issues from becoming a problem over the course of you owning your vehicle but it can also help you get more cash when you sell it in the future. Periodical maintenance can include oil changes done on the correct schedule, regular tune-ups, having an alignment, and changing your fuel and air filter as recommended. Doing so can extend the life of your vehicle and offers big benefits when you go to get rid of it as well.
It’s possible that you could be unwittingly paying more to drive your vehicle than you have to just by how you shop and not even know it. Items such as gas, insurance and even purchasing a vehicle are all extremely competitive markets and venders who want your business are willing to offer savings to get it. Get insurance quotes from time to time to make sure you aren’t paying more for the same coverage that another agency could offer you for less. Using an app to keep tabs of gas prices will also help you to pay less at the pump and bank more of your own hard-earned dollars. When you are in the market to buy a different vehicle, be sure to take into account all factors of the vehicle and the dealership or individual you are buying it from and realize that the cheapest price doesn’t always end up being the best investment in the long run. Do your homework before signing on the dotted line so you can feel confident in what you’re buying and who you’re buying it from.
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