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Leave the gas station with a smile using these tips

(NC) There’s nothing quite like the freedom of having your own vehicle. While that freedom feels great, one of the downsides of driving is the cost of gas. It’s unpredictable, expensive, and can make you want to give up driving forever! Don’t throw your keys away just yet – below are a few tips that can help you save a bit of money at the pump.

  1. Digital tools can help you save
    Technology is your friend if you’re trying to save money on gas. There are apps available that show where the cheapest gas prices are in your area. You can also use a tool like Google Maps to plan your route in advance. The new eco-friendly routing option will recommend the most direct route that uses the least amount of gas. 
  2. Safe driving habits can result in lower gas price
    Observe the speed limit, don’t floor it when the light turns green, avoid hard braking and coast as soon as you see a red light. You might save even more if your insurance company has an app that assesses your driving habits to offer you a personalized premium such as automerit with Belairdirect.
  3. Reduce the weight of your vehicle
    Don't store heavy items like sports equipment in your vehicle. The heavier it is, the more gas you’re using. Avoid having items in your car unless you specifically need them for that trip.
  4. Get your tires checked
    Did you know tire pressure affects mileage? If your tires are underinflated, your vehicle will use more gas to compensate. Make sure your tires are properly inflated for the most efficient use of gas.

While you can’t control the price of gas, there are little things you can do to try to save. You can learn more about ways to save on vehicle costs at

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