3 practical driving tips to save you money on gas

How far away do you live from your job? Maybe 10 minutes? 30? An hour? If you fall into one of these categories — or if you merely drive a lot — these tips will liberate you from spending precious minutes and dollars at the gas pump.

I’ve collected my own data to compile this list, but I assure that you will come up with the same money saving results if you follow these tips. Make note that the more aware you are as a driver, the better results you will reap from this information

I’ve put these things into practice for years with my own driving and saved hundreds of dollars on gas money.

Have a steady foot

You may not have heard of a steady foot, but how about a lead foot?

A lead foot is not ideal for gas mileage because the throttle is linear. What does that mean? Simply put, the harder you press the gas pedal, the more fuel is sent to the engine and burned up.

You’re never going to see that fuel again.

Being too aggressive with the throttle will only serve to use up your gas as quickly as possible. Instead, be light with the pedal. Never put it all the way to the floor — and if you really want to save gas — don’t even go past halfway.

You might be thinking, “I wish there were some gauge or instrument that helped me out with this”.

Well good news, there is! It’s called the tachometer and it’s the second large gauge next to the speed. Here it is pictured below. Left side with the numbers 1 through 8.

Also called the RPM’s(revolutions per minute x 1000), this gauge basically measures how hard the engine is working. The higher the number displayed on the tachometer, the more fuel is being used to move the car forward.

 

So it’s easy to see how lower RPM’s makes for less fuel consumption. To keep the RPM’s low, work on having an easier application of the throttle — or as I put it before — have a steady foot.

My rule is to always keep the RPM’s below 2000 (or 2). Although I speed up quite slower than everybody around me, I am saving a ton of gas in the long run by doing this every time I start.

Prepare for the hills

For the majority of us, our daily driving doesn’t consist completely of flat road. To be more realistic, we have to throw in some hills, dips, and slopes.

So how do we prepare for this kind of terrain?

Think back to when you were a kid riding your bike down a hill. You could fly down that thing with no effort whatsoever, all the while gaining speed.

Well, it’s the same way in a car. All of th

e energy used to turn the engine is converted to kinetic energy from the wheels while no fuel is being used.

So when you see a hill coming, slowly begin to accelerate enough to compensate for the hill. Don’t exceed 2000 RPM’s, and upon reaching the hill adjust back to nor

mal cruising RPM’s (try to keep these as low as possible — I aim for 1250). Your goal is to have the speed decrease back to whatever your cruising speed was before the hill.

Note: I would not use cruise control unless you are on flat roads. The car’s computer does not anticipate terrain, and therefore cannot adequately prepare for it.

Of course, this will all differ with the size of every hill but if you drive the same route every day you’ll become accustomed to each part of the journey. After you reach the top, you can use the downhill slope to gain speed without using any gas.

Basically, you want to ride it like a rollercoaster while using the gas pedal as little as possible.

Don’t use the brakes so much

On today’s roads, everyone is constantly driving bumper to bumper.

Not only is this dangerous but it wastes a ton of gas as well.

Be the smart driver on the road. Allow for plenty of room between yourself and the guy in front of you. Why?

How many times have you been approaching a stop light and start braking 15 ft before you reach the light? You come to a screeching stop at the line and let out a huge breath of air once you realize you made it. But then 3 seconds later the light turns green and you start going again. There’s a big problem with this.

Your car uses a whole lot more energy to get going from a standstill. So by stopping and starting constantly, you’re essentially throwing away gas.

Instead — as you approach a red light — start coasting so that inertia will begin to slow you down. It will take much longer for you to get to the light, and it’s liable to turn green while you coast towards it. This way you don’t waste the unnecessary gas by starting your car from a stop. Do this continually and it will save you a significant amount of gas money.

 

There are a ton of ways to save money on gas, but these are the most effective in my experience. Put these into use and start using that gas budget on more fun things!

7 creative ways to make money on the side

There comes a time, usually at the end of the month, where we could all use a bit more money in our bank account. Earn a few extra bucks each day and by the end of the week, you’ll have enough for a night out with your friends! Alternatively, putting one of these 7 things into practice could be the difference between barely paying the bills and having some money left over.

1. Let your car be an advertisement

How often do you drive every day? If you’re on the road for a substantial amount of time each day, there are companies that will pay you to put advertising on your car. Companies like Carvertise and Pay me for Driving will wrap your car and pay you monthly based on the amount of people they estimate saw your car. I really like this option because it’s completely passive income. I mean you get paid just to drive your car. Nothing about your normal schedule changes, but you earn around $300 more per month!

2. Work for Sykes

Sykes is a chief provider of customer contact management solutions. Basically, they provide customer and technical support for Fortune 500 companies who want to outsource this work. You can take calls and answer questions from the comfort of your couch while getting paid close to $10 an hour!

Their training prepares you adequately for the job and the schedule is flexible. Perfect for earning some money on the side or even for full-time work if you’re willing.

3. Get a notary license

If you aren’t sure what a notary is, here’s a simple clarification. A notary is a person who certifies writings such as deeds, wills, affidavits, and depositions. Essentially, they attest to the authenticity of documents to make them legally legitimate.

This sounds boring. And it sort of is.

Signing documents isn’t the most enjoyable work, so why should you do it?

Well, because a notary public typically charges $10 – $20 per signature. If you want to make some real money with this, you can become a mobile notary. As suggested in the name, a mobile notary is someone who has to make a trip somewhere to sign the papers. Most often this consists of traveling to somebody’s house. Mobile notaries can charge around $40 per signature with $10 extra per additional signature, but I’ve seen some of them charge upwards of $90. You can choose your rate depending on how far you have to drive.

If you want to make some real money with this, you can become a mobile notary. As suggested in the name, a mobile notary is someone who has to make a trip somewhere to sign the papers. Most often this consists of traveling to somebody’s home or place of residence. Mobile notaries can charge around $40 per signature with $10 extra per additional signature, but I’ve seen some of them charge upwards of $90. You can choose your rate depending on how far you have to drive.

 

Each state has different requirements for notaries, so you’ll have to do some quick research on your state.

On the low price end, if you only did 3 or 4 notaries a week, you’re still looking at upwards of $150 for just a few hours of your week.

Building a client list won’t be too difficult either because everyone needs a notary public at some point for something. Market your services to your friends first, and eventually word of mouth will get around enough to bring you a steady stream of work.

4. Sell your services on Fivver

If you’ve never heard of Fivver, you need to go there right now. It’s a freelance website where people can charge for just about anything. Do you have graphic design experience? Are you a programmer? Musician?

Sell your services for $5 a pop on Fivver.

Seriously, you can do just about anything on here and get paid for it. Are you a good listener? I’ve seen psychology students put up listings for a 10-minute conversation about your problems. All they do is listen and give some advice.

Some of the listings get a bit crazy, but with a little creativity, even someone with zero talents can make money with it.

5. Tutor people online

This concept is equally simple as it is contemporary. If you have an academic skill set(science, math, etc) that you think other people will benefit from in a tutoring relationship, go to one of the many tutoring sites on the internet and sign up(see below for good sites). People who need tutoring — in a variety of different subjects — can sign up and find an expert in the corresponding area.

Benefits of tutoring:

  • Working from home
  • choosing your hours
  • choosing your rate(depending on the company you tutor for)
  • helping people!

Do a little research on each of these sites to find out which one is best for the subject you want to tutor!

  1. Tutor.com
  2. Homework Tutoring
  3. Aim-for-A Tutoring
  4. My Tutor 24
  5. Revolution Prep
  6. Tutorvista

6. Answer questions for 1Q

I like this one because you can log onto the mobile app and do it from anywhere. The 1Q app was created in 2015 and put on both the Apple and Google play stores. Businesses use this app for fast market research by submitting questions for you to answer. Every question answered will earn you either 25 or 50 cents — depending on which you choose. I recommend opting for the 25 cent questions as you will get a higher volume of questions and thus more money. Depending on your demographic, you can get enough questions to make 60-100 dollars a month… for only a few minutes every day. It can’t get much easier than that.

Download for Apple

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7. work on Amazon Mechanical Turk

I’ve actually used this quite often over the past few years to make some extra spending money. I’ve made upwards of $300 over the past few months. Please note that earnings from Mturk won’t be enough to substitute for normal income, but if you just want some extra spending money for the weekend, this one’s for you.

Mechanical Turk — Mturk for short — is an Amazon company that uses ordinary internet users to test out different programs, interfaces, and websites. It’s similar to 1Q except it includes tasks too! What attracts me to Mturk is the utter simplicity of it. This work consists mostly of easy, seemingly trivial tasks online or answering easy questions on surveys. You need absolutely no training — as long as you can surf the web and use a computer. After signing up, you go to the Hits page and select which tasks you want to do.

Not everyone will be able to succeed with Mturk. It took me some time to figure out how to actually make good money without sacrificing too much time. I plan on creating a separate post to detail exactly how I do it and how you can do the same thing regularly.

Final thought

Think about your average day. How full is your schedule?

It’s likely that an hour or two a day doing nothing. If you’d like some extra spending money, put one of these 7 things into practice instead of putting that time to waste.

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