Gas Money

For a lot of people, September is the financial calm before the storm.

That is, summer is over, and you’re done with back-to-school shopping, expensive vacations, paying for summer camp and maybe some home improvements. If you spent a little extra money this summer, now is a good time to start saving up before the holiday season arrives in a few months.

If you are trying to cut back right now, one easy way to do it is to save on your gas.

Here are a few tips on how to save on your fuel bill…

Turn off the air-conditioning and roll down the windows. Studies have shown that you can save anywhere from 3 to 10 percent on your gas bill if you turn off the air conditioner. Yes, if you roll down the windows, there’s that resistance from the wind that makes the car work harder, but your air conditioner is powered by your engine, and so either way, the engine’s going to be working to keep you cool. But research has shown you’ll save more money and use less energy if you roll down the windows.

With the hottest days of summer behind us, it is good to know you have the option of not having the A/C on full blast every time you are in the car.  If in doubt, roll down your windows.

Don’t accelerate the car all at once. Or brake too hard, if you can help it. Aggressive driving isn’t just a matter of safety, but it can also have an impact on the amount of gas you use. In fact, tests have shown that people who have a “calm” driving style can save make their gas last up to 38 percent longer.  It also gives less wear and tear on your car and the amount of time and expense to eventually bring it in for service.

Keep your tire pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended specifications. We’ve talked a lot about this previously, so we’ll keep this short. But the flatter your tire, the more the surface of the tire is on the road. The more tire that’s on the road, the more drag and resistance the car has – and that can take a toll on gas. And it’s just not good for your tires to be underinflated.

Keep your car well maintained and oiled. We have also stressed the importance of regular oil changes, so this is nothing new.  You can bring your car to Milex Complete Auto Care or Mr. Transmission for an oil change, and we can also check your tire pressure, change filters and provide any kind of general automotive repair. The harder your car engine has to work, and it will have to work hard if there’s thick, sludgy never-changed oil in it, the more gas it needs to use.

Comparison shop for your fuel. Sounds easy, but it can be hard to do. Many people fall into a comfortable routine of always buying their gas at the same place.  But if you download a smartphone app, like or others like Fuel Finder and Gas Guru, you can see where the cheapest gas is located. Maybe it isn’t where you usually fill up.

Comparison shopping for gas can be especially smart to do when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area, and you don’t already know who most often has the least or more expensive gas.

Use discounted gas. Maybe your local supermarket or wholesale club offers cheaper gas if you’re a member. Some credit cards offer cash back anytime you use your credit card to fuel up. That can help, too.

Many of the suggestions above for saving money on gas go hand in hand with proper car maintenance and taking care of your car.  You may be surprised at how many of these small tips can add up over the long run.


Let's Talk

Single Post Form

A contact us form.


related blogs

Steve Sargent Shares Summer Safety Tips

Check out these tips on how to save gas from our franchisee Steve at Mr. Transmission Milex of Cary, NC! Story originally published on Spectrum News.

Read More
How to Save Money on Car Repairs

How to Save Money on Car Repairs Is the high cost of owning a car prompting you to explore ways to save? Follow Milex-Mr. Transmission's five tips to trim car repairs to stay on track with your budget. The average American paid $1,015 per month to own and operate a new vehicle in 2023, up […]

Read More
Comparing Automatic and Manual transmissions

Automatic vs. Manual: Which One Should You Choose? Trying to decide between a stick shift or an automatic? Mr. Transmission can help you take a closer look at the ins and outs of both automatic and manual transmissions and give you the lowdown to make a choice that's right for you. What’s the Difference? To […]

Read More
Matt Crouch

Franchising Gives Family of Veterans a New Mission At the Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care location in Kansas City, Missouri, auto repair is a family affair. Matthew Crouch and his family exemplify how military veterans can successfully transition to franchise ownership. Military Background: A Foundation for Success Matthew Crouch, his father Russell, and his brother […]

Read More
Transmission Replacement

Is It Time to Replace My Transmission? Facing the possibility of needing a transmission replacement can be discouraging, given the complexity and cost associated with the repair. But, if your car is reaching the 100,000-mile mark, it’s time to start planning for the possibility of a big-ticket repair to ensure it continues to run smoothly […]

Read More
Preparing Cars for Holiday Travel

Preparing cars for holiday travel from Steve Sargent at Mr. Transmission Milex of Cary, NC! Story originally published on

Read More
I’m a Mechanic: The Best $100 You Can Spend on Your Car’s Maintenance

You take your vitamins, eat well, exercise and wash your hands to prevent getting sick and going to the doctor’s office, and you should take the same preventative steps with your car. Maintaining your car can extend its life and help prevent major repairs that will cost you a fortune in the shop. Here are some […]

Read More

Winter in the United States is no joke for many parts of the country. The snow, ice, and biting cold can be a real challenge, especially for our cars. But with a little bit of prep, you can ensure your vehicle is ready to face the frosty months ahead. Here are Milex Mr. Transmission's recommendations […]

Read More
I’m a Mechanic: Here Are 8 Money-Saving Car Maintenance Tips for This Fall

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your car in tip-top shape for the cooler, stormy months ahead. Taking steps to ensure your car is prepared for the season is crucial to not only ensure your safety but also to save money in both the short and long term. Who better […]

Read More
Protecting Cars from Extreme Summer Heat

Check out these great car care tips from Milex Mr. Transmission Oklahoma City owner Roman! Story originally published on KWTV.

Read More
1 2 3 20
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram