The trend is happening once again. Every summer, when the traveling starts to pick up, so do the gas prices. As the demand for gas increases, we see our money begin to decrease. To prepare for it, we need to make sure we are getting the best gas mileage with our vehicles. No matter what you drive, there is always something you can do to help. Make sure you are doing the following to save your gas and money.

Tires

The first thing you should take a look at is your tires. Such a simple task as checking your tires could help you in a huge way. Fueleconomy.gov informed us that keeping your tires at the correct pressure could improve your gas mileage anywhere from 0.6% to 3%. That is saving on gas just by adding a little air to your tires. Next time you are at the gas station, check your tires’ pressure and add the needed air. All tires decrease in pressure with driving and even more with the temperature changes.

Speed

The posted speed limits can do more than keep us safe. Keeping to the speed limit and resisting the urge to speed will help you get better gas mileage. Speeding is not only unsafe, but it can cost you more money. Another tip is to use cruise control while on trips. This will help you maintain a level of speed without dipping and having to accelerate repeatedly. All of this will help you save money by having to gas up less. And if it helps you stay safe on the road, that is just another added bonus.

Lighten the Load

Do you have a car with great storage space? You will want to be careful about all the items that you choose to store. If they are heavy, it could negatively change your gas mileage. The heavier the vehicle, the lower the gas mileage, meaning you will be making more frequent stops at the gas station. Find a better place to store the things you don’t need daily other than your trunk. Especially items that weigh a ton, there is no space for them.

Drive Less

Another great way to save on gas is to drive less. There are few things to consider. When you are setting out to do errands, plan it out to drive the least amount possible. Along with trying to get them all done in a few days, that means less time driving. With work, try talking to those you work with or near and see if they would like to go together by splitting the cost and lowering the amount of gas being used. There are also many ride-sharing companies to look into depending on where you live.

Getting better gas mileage is something we all worry about at some point. Make these minor adjustments and start getting the benefits right away. Save the planet along with your wallet.