Four Ways To Reduce Your Gas Budget News flash: Gas is expensive. If the high cost of fuel in central New York has you down, here are some ways to reduce your fuel consumption and keep your gas budget under control: Be gentle. Having a lead foot could be lightening your wallet, as aggressive driving can really affect your gas mileage. Accelerating more slowly and driving more slowly on the highway can improve your miles per gallon. Besides avoiding quick starts, you also want to avoid sudden stops. Unless you drive a hybrid, every time you use the brakes, you are wasting momentum that your car has burned fuel to produce. Think of it this way: If you are needing to apply a lot of brake pressure, that means you could have just taken your foot off the accelerator 15 or 30 seconds earlier, saved that fuel and coasted to a stop. Lose the weight. No, we’re not suggesting that you need to go on a diet; we’re saying that your car does. The more weight your engine has to push around, the more fuel is required. So if you have a lot of junk in the trunk — golf clubs, tools, tire chains or whatever — that you don’t need for your current trip, you are paying extra to give them a ride. Keep up on maintenance. Cars get the best mileage when they are in peak running condition. Things like dirty air filters, low oil and even under-inflated tires can cause you to spend more at the pump. Pay attention to that pesky service engine light and have your car regularly serviced. Drive less. Obviously, if you don’t drive, you won’t burn any gas. Besides walking or taking the bus, though, you can cut back on how much you drive by simply combining all your errands into one trip, planning your stops so that you take the shortest possible route, or carpooling. If you have any questions, would like more information about ways to reduce your gas budget, or perhaps are curious about trading your old car in for a more fuel-efficient model, contact us at NYE Automotive Group. We’ll be happy to help.