Monday November 28th, 2022 2:26AM

The Fast Lane: Save money by saving gas

By Caleb Hutchins I Video: Lauren Hunter

While the average price of gas in Georgia has gone down in recent weeks and is lower than most of the rest of the country, the statewide average of $3.70 per gallon is still more than a dollar higher than this time a year ago.

That means there can be a lot of money to be saved by making sure your vehicle's fuel efficiency is as high as possible. Host of WDUN's "Bud's Garage" Bud Hughes said doing the little things in regards to driving habits and vehicle maintenance can add up to saving drivers trips to the pump.

"You can be talking six to seven miles to the gallon depending on your vehicle," Hughes said. "You can save a lot of money."

He said making sure tire pressure and alignment are good can be the most important thing to keep good milage on a car or truck and that can be done with routine vehicle maintenance during an oil change. He also said you should keep your windows and convertible tops up to reduce wind resistence.

"Now, cars are designed aerodynamically to meet the fuel economy numbers the government is looking for. As soon as you open those windows, you're sucking the air in there," Hughes said.

Huhges said driving conservatively and avoiding idling for long periods of times are other ways to save gas. One thing he advised against, however, is waiting until the fuel light comes on to fill up. He said that can cause damage to your vehicle over time.

"It's hard on the fuel pump. All of our vehicles now, for the most part, are fuel injected. That pump has to be submerged in liquid to keep it cool," Hughes said. "Any trash that's in your fuel tank is in the bottom of the fuel tank and you risk getting trash into your fuel system, you get it into your fuel injectors, your engine is running less efficiently and it just compounds."

To hear more from WDUN's Bud Hughes on improving gas milage, click play on the video above.

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Videos
  • Associated Tags: Gas prices, The Fast Lane, Bud's Garage, fuel efficiency
© Copyright 2022
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Fast Lane: Save money by saving gas
There can be a lot of money to be saved by making sure your vehicle's fuel efficiency is as high as possible.
11:00AM ( 22 minutes ago )
Pay raises, Juneteenth paid holiday and parental leave all approved for employees of Gwinnett County
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted on behalf of employees at their Tuesday meeting, voting on several key issues affecting personnel.
8:45AM ( 2 hours ago )
Gainesville sees a slight uptick in the unemployment rate
The unemployment rate last month rose one-tenth to 2.5 percent.
7:14AM ( 4 hours ago )
Local/State News
For Goodness Sake: Glory, Hope, and Life
Cancer is a scary word. And amidst the stress of treatment, patients in the Gainesville community can get overwhelmed.
1:30PM ( 6 days ago )
Trump digs in on election fraud claims in NE Georgia rally
In a speech that lasted more than an hour, Former President Donald Trump continued to repeat false election fraud claims and attack Republican officials in Georgia.
2:00PM ( 3 weeks ago )
Small Business Spotlight: Gainesville Cooperage
It is pretty rare to find a business that specializes in a trade dating 5,000 years.
6:00PM ( 4 weeks ago )
Georgia gas prices drop, still a dollar higher than a year ago
Georgia gas prices are continuing to drop, but they're still more than a dollar higher than they were in April of 2021.
8:30AM ( 2 weeks ago )
N. Georgia motorists feeling the pain at the pump
With market analysts blaming Russia's invasion of Ukraine, drivers in North Georgia have no choice but to pay big at the pump.
5:50PM ( 1 month ago )
AAA: Gas prices unchanged this week
Gas prices remained the same this past week, according to the weekly update from AAA.
11:00AM ( 3 months ago )
Former U.S. Safety and Environment Enforcement director warns of future high gas prices
Angelle joined WDUN's "Newsroom" with Mitch Clarke this week.
10:00AM ( 3 months ago )
LISTEN: What will affect oil and gas prices in 2022?
David Rundell shared with us on Maine Street some of the factors both political and economic that will influence the price of oil and gas in 2022. Rundell is a consultant for Arabia Analytics having spent all fo his 30 years of his Foreign Service career in the Middle East.
By Mornings on Maine Street
9:45AM ( 3 months ago )