University of Illinois Extension

Spend Smart, Save Smart Tips

Ten Tips for Saving Money on Gas

  • Follow the recommended maintenance schedule to keep your vehicle fuel-efficient.
  • Keep tires properly inflated, balanced, and aligned to save fuel and unnecessary wear on tires.
  • Keep extra weight out of the trunk. The car loses about one mile per gallon in fuel economy for every extra 250 pounds your engine hauls.
  • Don't top off the gas tank. Gas can slosh or seep out if it is too full. Make sure the cap is tight.
  • Reduce heavy acceleration and heavy brake use to improve fuel economy.
  • Drive 55 mph rather than 65 mph. It will improve the fuel economy by two miles per gallon.
  • Buy gas during the morning or evening hours, when it's cool, or you will be buying gas at a time when it's expanded, thus getting less.
  • Use air conditioning carefully. It can lower your fuel economy by 10 to 20 percent.
  • Remove snow tires in good weather. Deep tread and big tires use more fuel.
  • Make sure the price on the pump matches what’s on the sign and the gas pump starts at the $0 mark.