Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How to Save Gas with Your SUV

This is a bad time for Americans. The prices of many items are increasing. According to Money Magazine the cost of prescriptions drugs has increased, pharmacy co-pay prices have increased 25%, the cost of milk has increased by 14%, the cost of college tuition by 6%, the cost of eggs by 31%, the cost of bread by 14% and the cost of gas by 21% since last year. These statistics can be alarming but there are many ways to reduce costs in other areas to ease the burden of the rising prices.

The cost of gas has crimpled many Americans. For SUVs owners getting gas can be a nightmare. Some SUV drivers have to fill up multiples times a week and costs can range from $400 a month to $600 a month. That is the same amount of money some Americans pay on their monthly car payment. To help ease the burden when getting gas for your SUV follow these 5 tips:

1. Keep your trunk empty. Remove heavy and unnecessary items from your trunk, cargo bed and the inside of your SUV. Traveling with a lighter load helps improve your gas mileage.

2. Maintain a constant speed. Maintaining a constant speed reduces the amount of gas needed to rev up the engine to go faster, is better for the economy and will keep you from filling up more often.

3. Ditch the fancy tires. When your fancy tires wear out buy the standard tires that were on the SUV when you purchased it. This will improve gas mileage and save you money when buying new tires. The standard tires also provide a better ride especially on the highway, save the fancy tires for short trips.

4. Carpool. If gas prices are hurting your pocket, start carpooling. Offer to pick up co-workers or friends who work near your job. Make sure you charge enough money to cover the increasing costs of gas and inform your carpool riders that the price may increase as gas costs increase.

5. Regular maintenance. Perform regular maintenance on your SUV at the scheduled intervals, make sure you get regular tune-ups, oil changes, check tire pressure, air filters, and check your tires for wear. This will improve gas mileage and save you money in the future.

These tips will save you money and ease the burden of the increasing costs of gas during this summer.

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