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Lauren Fix, The Car Coach: 4 Driving Hacks to Save Money on Gas

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Lauren Fix By Thursday, 14 April 2022 04:01 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Gas prices are reaching record levels across the country. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $4.32. One year ago, a gallon of gas cost $2.86. The last time prices were this high was just prior to the Great Recession in 2008.

Prices have effectively doubled in some parts of the country since last year, and it’s weighing on consumers across the country.

For every $1 per gallon in fuel cost increases, it costs the average consumer $500 per year. So, with gas being up almost $2 per gallon, the typical American is spending around $1,000 more this year just on gas.

The cost of gas, as it reaches the end consumer in the U.S., involves a complex mishmash of crude oil prices, taxes and other costs. Crude oil costs account for 56% of the end cost of a gallon of regular gasoline. Refining costs account for 14%, distribution and marketing costs eat up another 16%, and taxes amount to 15%.

Check out these hacks to save money at the pump:

1.) Chill out behind the wheel

Aggressive driving burns through gas more quickly. Lay off the gas, ease up on the brakes and aim for a smoother ride whenever you’re behind the wheel. So, stick to the speed limit, and use your cruise control when you can.

2.) Maintenance is critical

Small problems affect a car’s fuel efficiency, so make sure you’re taking care of any small problems that arise and sticking to a regular maintenance schedule. An incredibly easy thing drivers can do is to check their tire pressure, which can lead to better fuel efficiency.

Use the correct tire pressure listed on the sticker inside your driver’s side door. That number is the correct tire pressure for your car’s year, make and model. Get a pressure gauge, and check it when the car is cold. Properly inflated tires can save you one to two miles per gallon.

3.) Take the junk out of your trunk

Your car faces wind resistance as it moves down the road, and drivers can burn less fuel by making it as light and aerodynamic as possible. That can involve getting rid of bike racks, golf clubs, kids sports gear or storage containers left in your vehicle.

4.) Stick to a 30-second rule

Don’t let car car get zero miles to the gallon. You shouldn’t let your car idle.

Forget the drive-through. Instead, park your car, go inside, and get what you want. If you’re sitting in line, you’re getting zero miles per gallon.

The same goes for warming up your car before leaving, or even waiting to pick up your kids from school. If you’re idling, you should shut off your car.

If it sits more than 30 seconds, shut the vehicle off.

While these tips may make only a marginable difference in fuel costs, they can develop into habits that can pay off over time — for you, and your budget.

Here’s an extra tip. Don’t forget to shop around for gas prices use club discounts and apps like Gas Buddy to save money.

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Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and safety issues for both the auto industry and consumers. Her analysis is honest and straightforward.

Lauren is the National Automotive Correspondent for Newsmax TV, a conservative news net carried in 23 countries and in over 35 million U.S. cable/satellite homes. She is also The Weather Channel and Inside Edition’s auto expert. Lauren Fix serves as a juror for the esteemed North American Car & Truck of the Year Awards (NACTOY).

Lauren is The Car Coach columnist for Parade Magazine and eBay Motors and writes a weekly column. She also appears weekly on USA Radio’s DayBreak USA.
Lauren is the president and founder of Automotive Aspects, Inc., a consulting firm with a wide range of multi-media services, including media consulting, broadcast messaging strategy, public relations and television production.

Lauren is the author of three books: most recently, Lauren Fix’s Guide To Loving Your Car with St. Martins Press, Driving Ambitions: A Complete Guide to Amateur Auto Racing, and The Performance Tire and Wheel Handbook.

Lauren’s broadcast experience includes Oprah, Live! With Regis and Kelly, The View, TODAY, 20/20, The Early Show, CNN, FOX News, FOX Business, MSNBC, HLN, TBS Makeover and a Movie, Inside Edition, ESPN, TBS, Discovery, Speed and NPR, to name a few. Lauren previously hosted four seasons of Talk 2 DIY Automotive on the Do-It-Yourself Network (DIY), was the National Automotive Correspondent for Time Warner Cable and hosted Female Driven on Lifetime TV.

Lauren’s articles and advice have appeared in USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, eBay, Woman’s World, Esquire, First for Women, InTouch and Self. She has also contributed content to Motor Trend, Truck Trend, Hot Rod, Car Craft and many other automotive publications.

Lauren is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and is an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technician. She inherited her love of all things automotive from her father, who owned a brake remanufacturing business and worked for many U.S. manufacturers. Lauren has been fixing, restoring and racing cars since the age of ten. She has been advising drivers almost all her life.

In addition to being a leader in positive consumer awareness and the automotive industry, Lauren is often asked to speak to groups around the world about her success in marketing, motivation, entrepreneurship, parenting and other lifestyle topics.

Lauren was named the 2015 WIN Award, 2013 SEMA Business Network “Mentor of The Year”; SEMA Business Network 2012 Woman of the Year; and awarded various Car Care Council “Automotive Communications Awards” in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Past awards include 2008 Automotive Woman Of The Year and 2010 Woman of Distinction – Entrepreneur winner. Lauren Fix was inducted into the National Women and Transportation Hall of Fame in 2009 – a very high honor for a hard working automotive professional.

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Gas prices are reaching record levels across the country. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $4.32. One year ago, a gallon of gas cost $2.86. The last time prices were this high was just prior to the Great Recession in 2008.
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