Top Money-Saving Tips for Wisconsin Drivers

In today’s economy, everyone is interested in saving money — but how economical are you when it comes to your car? Westway Auto Body is pleased to offer you these tips that can save you hundreds each year on your vehicle.

Tips for saving on gas

The cost of gas just seems to keep going up. As you pay more at the pump, implement these fuel-efficient tips to make each fill-up last longer.

  • If your car is idle for long periods of time, turn off the engine. Idling used to be a better choice, because cars required more fuel to start up than to keep running. But, modern engines no longer need that big infusion of gasoline to start.
  • Plan ahead when you’re running errands. Instead of driving out and back several times, group your errands together and get as much done as possible in a single trip.
  • Whenever possible, carpool with family or friends to save fuel.
  • If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, put the engine in neutral while you’re stopped at red lights.
  • Pay attention to gas prices. Gas stations are highly competitive, and the cost per gallon can fluctuate several times a day as stores in the same area raise or lower prices against each other. Watch gas stations in your area for weekly specials or “fuel club” cards that let you save per gallon every time you fill up.
  • Keep up with proper car maintenance, such as oil changes and tire pressure, to maintain optimal fuel efficiency.

Tips for saving on car repairs

Sticking to a good maintenance schedule for your vehicle is the best way to avoid costly repairs — not to mention lost time and additional expenses for towing if your vehicle breaks down. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to learn how often your oil should be changed. Most will recommend an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Tune-ups are another regular maintenance step for vehicles, although they don’t need to be done as often. You should get a tune-up for your car every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. This includes a series of checks for belts, hoses, and other components, as well as replacement of your spark plugs, fuel filter, and other parts that have worn down over time.

Finally, keeping your vehicle clean inside and out will keep your resale value high and help to prevent body damage from rust and corrosion.

Tips for saving on vehicle-related expenses

You may not have considered poor driving habits as a waste of money. But, the fact is, they can cost you. Refraining from speeding will keep you from getting costly speeding tickets (and will also improve your fuel efficiency!).

Distracted driving is another high-cost habit. Resolve to end distracted habits on the road, such as using a cell phone or eating. Pay attention to the road, so you can avoid not only costly, but potentially devastating accidents.

We hope these useful tips will help you save money and keep your vehicle in great shape for years to come. Happy driving, Wisconsin!