If you are like the millions of other Americans who rely on their cars to get them to work/school, to run errands and to generally transport them where they need to go, you realize just how much gas can cost you when you use your car for pretty much everything. Whether you have a domestic vehicle or an import, you likely are going to be looking for a way to save money on gas. Although many foreign cars can be more fuel-efficient than American cars (sometimes simply because gas is much more expensive in places like Europe and Japan), everyone can use some general tips to learn how to use less gas and save more money.

One way to save money on gas is simple to buy a new fuel-efficient car. Of course, this can be a significant investment in itself, so you would need to do the math to see how long it would take you to recoup the additional cost with the increased gas savings. For many people, this probably isn’t going to be the best option (unless you have a very low MPG vehicle currently and were planning on upgrading soon anyway).

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You can expect that gas prices will be going up this summer, so learn how to conserve gas and save yourself money. (photo by blmurch via Flickr)

Luckily, there are other ways to save gas and money, without purchasing a new vehicle. One of the ways is to make sure that you are regularly taking advantage of a car maintenance service and getting oil changes at the correct intervals. This isn’t going to double your MPG, but it can give you an extra mile or two on that measurement.

In actuality, the best way to save gas (and thus money), is to simply slow down and drive more intentionally. When you accelerate needlessly (or break too quickly) you are burning unnecessary amounts of fuel. If you enjoy zipping around town that’s fine, but just realize that your wallet will likely feel it later.

Again, that car maintenance service can help you gain a few extra MPG. Whether you have a professional auto technician perform the maintenance or do it yourself, you will want to make sure that you regularly get that oil changed and also that you keep your tires properly inflated. Low tires can drag your miles-per-gallon down pretty quickly.

If you’re due for some maintenance or an oil change and don’t fancy getting down and dirty yourself, bring your car into Fort Collins Foreign Car Service and we’ll take care of you. We work on both foreign cars and domestic cars as well. Come in today and take advantage of our great car maintenance service.