We’re sure you don’t want to be reminded that gas prices are sky high. Unfortunately, it’s something most of us just can’t avoid. Whether you’re commuting to work, driving to university or dropping the kids off at school, you should expect to drop some big bucks next time you fill up your tanks.
In order to ease the stress on your wallet, there are some methods to lower your gas consumption. Although these tips aren’t the end to capitalism as we know it, they may just help you save enough to pick up your morning Starbucks without feeling guilty. Here are some ways to save money on gas.
If you’re driving to work or school, bring a friend along and split the cost of gas. It’s a great way to save some money and also keep yourself entertained on the drive there. Plus, your friends who can’t drive will be eternally grateful.
Try Out Public Transportation
You may have seen the buses recently launched by Egypt’s transportation with Wi-Fi and air conditioning. These are a useful opinion when you’re planning to go far, but want to spend less, and you can check bus routes on the Mwaslat Masr app.
If you’re still feeling nervous about getting onto a bus, try out SWVL or Uber’s shuttle service for a safe option. They operate the same way as a regular Uber ride with the app tracking your location and sharing the driver’s details.
Walk or Ride a Bicycle
If you’re not going very far, try and walk the distance. Most of us in busy cities barely take the chance to walk at all, but walking is one the easiest exercises you can do. It’s good for your health, and it’s totally free. If you have a bicycle, summer is also the perfect time to pull it out of the garage.
Improve Your Fuel Efficiency
When it’s necessary for you to drive, make sure that you are careful and sensible. Speeding around may get you to your destination faster, but it uses up more fuel in the long run. Studies show that speeding, rapid acceleration and braking may lower your gas mileage by about 15 to 30 per cent at highway speed and 10 to 40 per cent in traffic. Remember to turn your car off when stopped as well, since excessive idling can waste a quarter to half a gallon of gas per hour.
Turn Down the A/C
Cairo summers can feel unbearable, but blasting your air conditioner 24/7 is likely eating away at your gas tank. Air conditioning can increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent. When the weather is a bit more forgiving, try to crack open a window and get some fresh air instead.