As the costs of fuel are going up more rapidly today than before, it is very necessary for us to do something in saving money on fuel, especially we drive the vehicles using diesel. Once in the history, we pay less for diesel than regular gas, but with more and more diesel vehicles are in operation, the situation is different, because diesel is now more expensive than gas. Here we offer a few tips which could help you save some money on diesel gas.
1. Go for a fuel additive.
It is strongly suggested that you should find and add a fuel additive whenever you fill up your gas tank with diesel at auto stores. Such fuel additive is much useful in improvement of the efficiency of combustion for your vehicle, which could results in reduction of harmful emissions as well as decreasing your fuel consumption.
2. Use cash for payment of fuel.
It is quite popular that the gas stations would give 20 cents discount for each gallon to the drivers who prefer to pay their diesel with cash. When you want to fill up your gas tank, remember to bring enough cash with you. It may cost you longer time in doing so than using your card at the pump, but in the long run, it really save you some money in this regard.
3. Get some kind of membership.
It is the common practice that many big stores could diesel fuel at a discount to the holders of club memberships. However, sometimes, it is unnecessary to buy a membership at some stores, what you do is to sign up for getting a store discount card. In this way, you could get discounted diesel by spending less money for by filling up your gas tank.
4. Keep your vehicle in good conditions.
If you want to save some money, you should take your vehicle into the auto stores regularly for routine oil changes or tune-ups. If you are an experienced driver, you may do it yourself. It is kindly advised that you get rid of extra heavy equipment or any unnecessary racks, which would cost you more fuel, because of the added weight on your vehicle. Make sure to examine your air filter when you change your oil change and if necessary, you should get the new air filter, since the clogged air filter would force your vehicle to work harder and then consume more fuel.
5. Try not to idle your vehicle.
If you put your vehicle in the idling position, you have zero miles per gallon. Therefore, you should avoid idling in the way of driving thru and getting out. When you are going to a restaurant, you had better park your car, get into it, order your food and then go away.
6. Carefully plan your trips before you go.
If you are going somewhere, you should intently choose the way you go. It is better to escape from traffic jam by taking the back roads or highway which is not busy with vehicles. If possible, try to avoid heavy traffic or stop lights as well as stop signs, which would be conducive in reduction of consumption of the fuel.
*Image source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewdepaula/2012/08/27/clean-diesel-cars-and-trucks-that-will-save-you-money/2/