Money-Saving Driving Tips: 5 Ways to Stretch Your Fuel Budget
Maximize Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency
With fuel prices at record highs these days, any driver can use some money-saving driving tips. While avoiding gas stations that sell fuel at higher prices than others is an effective way to cut costs, you can also reduce your gas expenses by making small changes to how you drive.
In this guide, Kids Car Donations shares these tips to cut your fuel costs and improve your fuel efficiency:
- Practice smooth and steady driving.
Quick acceleration and fast driving burn fuel more than driving at a slower and more consistent pace. Maintaining a constant speed uses fuel more efficiently and reduces wear and tear of your car’s engine parts and tires.
- Avoid excessive idling.
If you’re waiting for a passenger or you’re stuck in gridlock traffic, go ahead and turn off your car’s engine. Studies have shown that idling longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel than it takes to restart your engine.
- Know when to open and close your windows.
Does driving with the windows down save gas? Not always, particularly when you’re driving at higher speeds as the wind resistance or “air drag” causes the car to burn more fuel to push through.
It’s best to leave the windows open when driving around the city where you may be idling more often because of heavy traffic. You can also save fuel by setting the AC’s temperature lower than needed.
- Check your tire pressure.
Making sure your tires are at their correct pressure can help you save on fuel. Underinflated tires cause more rolling resistance than properly inflated tires. Underinflated tires also harm your car’s braking system, causing it to wear prematurely and unevenly.
- Have regular tune-ups.
Regular tune-ups make your car more reliable and help you save money in the long run. The timely replacements of air filters and spark plugs make your car more efficient with every gallon of fuel. According to experts, bad spark plugs alone can decrease fuel economy by as much as 30%.
Fed Up with Your Gas Guzzler?
Are you planning to replace your old gas guzzler with a more fuel-efficient vehicle? Hand over that unwanted auto to us at Kids Car Donations! We’ll turn it into a lifesaving tool for the seriously ill girls and boys in your community.
We’ll place your auto donation up for auction, with the proceeds going straight to children’s nonprofit organizations that are in partnership with us. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits use the funding we give them to sustain their delivery of free comprehensive and quality medical assistance to their young beneficiaries. The aid package they offer includes a wide range of pediatric treatments, emotional support, and relief of pain and trauma. Moreover, our nonprofit partners also provide their beneficiaries with access to free social services and educational resources.
Soon after the sale of your donated vehicle, we’ll mail you its 100% tax-deductible sales receipt. With this receipt, you can claim the highest possible tax deduction when you file your income tax return in the next tax season.
Additionally, we’ll be the ones to haul your vehicle away at a date, time, and place of your preference, and this won’t cost you even a penny. We offer free towing to our donors in all parts of the United States.
Best of all, your charitable gift will give you that priceless feeling of joy and satisfaction, knowing that you get to play a part in restoring or improving the health of needy pediatric patients in your community and even saving the lives of those who are critically ill.
We’re open to pretty much all types of vehicles. Aside from cars, we also accept motorbikes, RVs, trucks, boats, farm equipment, and many more. You don’t have to get your vehicle fixed before surrendering it to us. We’ll gladly take it as it is!
Got any questions for us? Leave them here or give us a call anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-634-8395. You might also want to check out our FAQs page to learn more about our vehicle donation program, including our quick and easy donation process.
Give Your Old Ride a New and Worthy Purpose Today!
There’s no better way to dispose of your inefficient vehicle than by using it to serve a worthy purpose. Donating it to us will touch the lives of the ailing kids in your community. Call Kids Car Donations at 866-634-8395 or fill out our secure online donation form now!