Don’t Break the Bank Filling Your Tank
3 Ways to Save Money on Fuel
Let’s face it – gas prices aren’t going to come down anytime soon. In fact, they only seem to continue to soar. That doesn’t mean you have to overspend to keep your vehicle on the road. To get where you’re going safely without breaking the bank, take a look at these tips on ways you can save money at the fuel pump.
1 – Don’t Top Off Your Tank
You’ve probably heard this before, but let’s just reiterate why you shouldn’t top off the gas tank. It might seem like you’ll get those few extra miles before refilling the tank, but actually, you’re wasting those precious cents.
The ‘topped off’ gas mostly evaporates as the fuel heats to power the engine. So, rather than assuring you can make it on fumes to the next pump at the end of the tank, you’re simply pouring your money into a black hole.
2 – Keep Your Tire Pressure Up
Running with low tire pressure can have a negative effect on your fuel mileage, just like not assuring you change your oil at the proper time. When tire pressure is low, your fuel mileage suffers because the rubber of the tires have to work harder to grip the road. This excessive energy push means more fuel used to go the same distance.
Research the needs of your tires. Most manufacturers make it easy to find the recommended pressure level for your selected tires. In general, most tires require at least 30 psi, so when in doubt, keep your tires filled to at least this level until you can further research the recommendations.
3 – Don’t Fill Your Tank
Wait…what? Yes, that’s correct – don’t just avoid topping off. Actually avoid filling your tank. The weight of a full tank takes a toll on fuel mileage, so trying to maintain somewhere between ¼ and ¾ of a tank will do wonders for your gas.
Of course, that last bit of gas doesn’t ever seem to go as far as the rest of the tank, either. That’s because low levels of fuel mean the car has to pump harder to get the same effect. Avoiding low levels of gas, as well as heavy full tanks, can significantly improve the distance you get out of a gallon.
Fuel-Efficient Vehicles by Nissan
Of course, starting with a fuel-efficient vehicle can make all the difference. At Nissan of Lewisville, we have a broad range of new Nissans that offer excellent fuel mileage to give you a head start, including:
- Nissan Versa – The 2021 Nissan Versa gets up to 40mpg highway (and even 32mpg city), with a sporty 122 horsepower engine. Best of all, the 2021 Versa is incredibly affordable, with MSRP starting as low as $14,980.
- Nissan Sentra – The 2021 Nissan Sentra is also affordable with great fuel mileage. The 149-horsepower engine gets you a radical 29mpg city and 39mpg highway fuel economy, and the price is nice, too, starting at just $19,510.
- Nissan Altima – Even the larger 2021 Altima sedan is great on fuel, offering up to 39mpg highway (28mpg city) with a higher 182 horsepower. And while you get a few more amenities and accessories, the price tag starting at $24,550 is still quite affordable.
Visit Nissan of Lewisville for a wide selection of new Nissans that offer excellent fuel efficiency. We also have tons of used cars that offer great gas mileage. With a little insight on ways to save at the gas pump, coupled with the right Nissan or used vehicle for your needs, you can save hundreds of dollars a year!