Saving money when it comes to groceries and clothing may be easy with a few simple steps, but when it comes to your car, then you know you’re looking at an expense that is certain to stretch your budget.
If you’re driving on the road on a low income, then chances are you dread any kind of automotive failure. A source over at the American Automotive Association says that any person might spend over $8,876 a year on auto related expenses annually, and over a lifetime that could be well over half a million dollars.
So how can you make sure your automobile doesn’t become a budget failure?
Don’t become this guy!
- Always make sure your vehicle is tuned to optimum performance. It may be a hassle to take care of every single problem, but if you let your car problems catch up with you, it’s just compounding a whole series of issues. Also, vehicles with internal issues that go ignored can cost more in gas by draining extra fuel.
- Reading your owner’s manual will give you a really good idea on how to appropriately take care of your vehicle. It may look like a really boring and exhausting brick of information, but most manuals are designed to get you to what you need quickly with a comprehensive index.
- Saving money on gas can be made a lot easier if you run all of your daily tasks together in one trip. Bad driving habits tend to include a lot of wasted miles and time on the gas pedal. You don’t need to force the gas pedal in all situations. Sometimes it’s sufficient just to coast, especially coming up on traffic or stop signs. Slow smooth stops and slow accelerations are always best whenever possible. Bad habits on the pedals can waste up to 33% of your gas, so you don’t want to keep those habits running as long as your car.
- Also, don’t bother with premium gas, unless you know that your car benefits from it. It’s a common myth that premium gas runs better, but unless there are actual specifications in your owner’s manual, then it’s probably not true.
- Keep your tires inflated, and make sure you’re running on the right size and type of tire. Poor tires can cause a host of problems on your car, and it can cause you to use more gas. While you’re checking to make sure your tires are sufficient, make sure you’re using the right oil.