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Fueling a carGasoline is expensive. So most of us want to lessen the strain on our checkbooks by stretching our gas as long as possible.

Many people continue to pump gas even after the pump stops. Filling a tank too full can overload your gas system and cause damage. If your gas system causes problems, your auto insurance will often cover some of the repairs. However, it is always best to be proactive and not knowingly do things that may damage the system.

Even though overfilling the tank may save you money, there are more ways to save gas that won’t lead to costly repairs on your car.

  • Increase speed gently, and don’t speed. Not only will you burn less gas, you also won’t strain your engine by sudden acceleration. Begin to ease off your accelerator before braking for a similar effect.
  • Change your oil regularly. Keeping your engine lubricated will help it run and keep it from consuming too much gas.
  • Use your air conditioning rather than drive with the window open. Open windows increase the drag on your car, which causes the car to use more gas.
  • Make sure your air conditioning system works well. The system runs off of the engine, which runs off of gas. So, a malfunctioning system can cost you extra gas.
  • Check your window seals. If you have leaky windows, your air conditioning system has to work harder to cool your car. It will then use more gas.
  • Take heavy or unnecessary items out of the car whenever you can. We all need to haul heavy loads from time to time, but you shouldn’t carry loads without a reason. Your car can become stressed, and a heavier load will use more gas.

Having the right Richmond car insurance can save you as much money as using gas correctly. Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (800) 909-8103 for more information on how we can help you.

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