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Are There Ways to Drive More Economically?

Updated: May 16

Every driver wants to find the best balance between safe driving and saving money! With gas and insurance rates constantly in the news for their costs, who wouldn’t be looking for ways to optimize their driving habits? A budget-conscious driver avoids costly accidents and is more mindful of environmental impact. Let’s look at a few ways you can start driving more economically, from timely auto repair services to fuel choice.

1) Use the Right Fuel

According to the EPA, as much as 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide are produced each year from a typical passenger vehicle. The best way to cut down on emissions is by using the right fuel. According to Eco-Drive, low-sulfur diesel and premium unleaded are cleaner fuel options. An added benefit of using the right fuel is that it can also help your car run better, reduce the chances of a breakdown, and reduce maintenance costs.

2) Get Timely Service

Maybe your car looks fine, but you should always play it safe anyway and bring it in for timely service. Auto repair services are available even if you weren't in an accident or have a scratch. They'll check your tire pressures, rotate your tires for even tread, and check or change your oil for you so your engine is always lubricated. If you get this service before a long road trip, you can reduce the likelihood of a breakdown in an unknown area and protect yourself from having to make a claim on your insurance or call a tow truck. Being proactive with your service schedule can find little issues before they become much more costly ones later on.

3) Combine Short Trips

It's convenient to jump in your car and run a quick errand from home or work. However, doing this repeatedly throughout the day can burn unnecessary fuel. You can save yourself time and money when you plan your drives ahead and combine as many trips as you can. Take your car out one time, run a series of errands, and be economical in terms of time and mileage.

4) Watch the Speed Limit

Always pay attention to the speed limit, regardless of where you're at. Speeding is not only dangerous, but it can also burn unnecessary fuel. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, speeding, along with rapid acceleration and braking, can actually cost you up to an estimated $1.35 per gallon! So if you're not in a rush, don't drive like it, and drive at or below the speed limit as much as possible. Plus, if you're caught speeding, particularly in a residential, school, or work zone, you can get a costly ticket.

While operating a car costs money, it doesn't have to break the bank when you make the right choices. If you are keeping your car in optimal condition with timely service, watching your fuel type, and being mindful of how you drive and the frequency, you'll make your driving more economical than ever. Start by calling Johnson's Automotive for your local auto repair services for standard and commercial vehicles.

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