by Katie Marino
With New Jersey gas prices averaging $3.71, and with summer spending approaching rapidly, use these tips to help save bucks at the pump.
1. Alternate transportation: Though this first suggestion may seem time-consuming and unrealistic, riding a bike, scooter, Segway or even pogo stick could prove very beneficial. It not only saves money on gas each week, but you’ll be able to perfect your summer beach bod without wasting money on a gym membership.
2. Brake the right way: For those drivers out there that constantly hit the brake pedal, take it easy. You’re not only annoying every single driver on the road, but you’re wasting precious gas. Avoid quick acceleration and hard breaks. A car consumes the most gas as it accelerates, but not as much gasoline is required to keep it moving.
3. The $5 add on: A widely used tip among young drivers is “add $5 each day to an almost empty tank.” This may seem cheaper than paying $45 up front, but filling your tank this way can really damage the car. Limit your use of this suggestion to dire situations.
4. Use the “Gas Buddy” app or gasbuddy.com: Use this free app to locate the cheapest gas stations near you. A few stations with consistently low prices include: Express Fuel (South Avenue West and Washington Place, Cranford) and Gas (Westfield Avenue and Fulton Street, Clark).
5. Park in the shade: Gasoline actually evaporates right out of your tank, and it does so faster when you park directly in the sun. Parking in the shade also keeps the temperature lower inside, and you will need less A/C to cool off when you get back in.
6. Go head first: Instead of continuing to change gears, try as much as possible to remain in drive. Rather than wasting gas on a K-turn, make a U-turn.
7. Remove excess weight: Don’t fret—this isn’t hinting at those pesky extra five pounds, but rather the weight in your trunk. The removal of excess weight can reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. Not only will your car be mess-free, but you will be saving money in the long run.