5 Ways to Save on Summer Driving
With the first long weekend of the summer just a few days away, it’s the perfect time to talk about how to save on summer driving. Whether you’re planning a road trip or just driving around town this summer, there are a number of ways to ensure you’re doing so safely, and saving money in the process. Take a look at the ways you can save on summer driving.
Check Your Battery — Nothing will kill your vehicle’s battery faster than that first big heatwave. Have your battery checked (and replaced, if needed) before the summer heat really sets in. You’ll be able to take your time and shop around to find the best deal, rather than paying a premium to buy a battery from roadside assistance when you discover you have a dead battery in the middle of a hot day.
Check Your Tires — Tires are another thing that take a beating when the temperature rises. Be sure to check your tire pressure frequently and add air as needed. Driving on underinflated tires can lower your gas mileage; they are also more likely to suffer a blowout. Again, if you find you need new tires, take some time to shop around for the best deal, and don’t be afraid to negotiate a lower price. Also, don’t forget to check your spare tire to ensure it’s properly inflated, and keep a can of foam tire sealant in the trunk for short-term fixes.
Get a Tune-Up — Yes. You’re going to pay some money up front. But getting your vehicle’s engine tuned up is worth the investment. It will improve your car’s gas mileage, performance and increase the overall longevity of the vehicle. Plus, you’ll catch problems in the early stages, before they become even more expensive to fix.
Don’t Drive Aggressively — No one wants to be stuck in a car longer than they have to on a hot day. But speeding and driving aggressively aren’t going to get you where you need to go any faster. Speeding and erratic driving aren’t only unsafe, they’re expensive! They reduce your miles per gallon and put undue wear and tear on your vehicle. If you’re driving on the highway, use cruise control whenever possible to maintain a steady speed.
Avoid the Rush — If it’s possible, adjust your schedule so you don’t have to drive (and sit in traffic) during the peak rush hours. Better yet, see if you can work from home one day a week and skip driving all together that day. When running errands, combine several into one trip for maximum efficiency.