Easy To Use Tips To Get Better Gas Mileage

Fellow Blogger Kyle from Rather-Be-Shopping.com Blog has asked to do a monthly guest post here, and since I’ve used his site several times to save myself some money I thought we’d give it a try. Let me know what you think!
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Easy To Use Tips To Get Better Gas Mileage
I was reading through the archives when I found a terrific post Be This Way did back in March, titled, Change Some Habits, Save Some Gas. And Some Money. It really made me think of how the price of gas has changed the way I think about driving. I no longer take the scenic route and instead opt for the one that will use the least amount of gas. It is actually kind of sad to me. I have fond memories of my Grandmother telling stories of when she was a young mother and how they would take a scenic drive through the countryside on a lazy Sunday afternoon after church. Those days are gone, and if you drive a big ol’ truck like me, you have a 2 ton paper weight sitting in the garage.
But it is not all gloom and doom from this eternal optimist. I have come up with a handy little checklist that will insure you are getting the best bang for your buck at the pump in terms of better gas mileage. Drumroll, please…
~ Properly Inflate The Tires. This isn’t just about under-inflated tires, if you put to much air in them you will lower your gas mileage as well. Follow the prescribed PSI that is on the side of your tire.
~ Don’t Be Cheap on Car Maintenance – Use quality motor oil, change oil filter regularly, keep air filters clean. Heck, just by keeping your air filter clean and replaced when need be, you can boost your MPG’s by up to 10%. Follow your car’s recommended maintenance schedule! By doing so, not only will you keep your car running efficiently, but it will also add to your engine’s life and your sanity.
~ Listen Up Lead Foot! – Slow down there Speedy Gonzales and avoid those fast accelerations and drive the speed limit. Both of which will help significantly when trying to get the most miles per gallon of gas. Also, coast up to stop signs and stop lights. It always baffles me when people have the pedal to the metal until the loss possible second and then pound the brakes. What a total waste of gas!
~ Use The Cruise ControlBe This Way mentioned this one in her post as well. This is a tried and true way of getting better mileage on the freeway and interstate.
~ Alternative Transportation – This one is by far the most effective. After all, you can’t use petrol when you are not using your car. So stop by your local bus station and pick up a schedule, or ask that colleague who lives close to you if you want to carpool, or ride your bike or walk to the store a couple times a week. The key is to take the initiative and find other ways to get where you need to be.
Please add to my list. Other than only driving to places that are downhill from you, what are you doing to get better gas mileage. Looking forward to your comments!
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About The Author: First of all, I want to thank Be This Way for giving me the opportunity to try a monthly feature on her blog. Very exciting! A little about me, my name is Kyle James, I am married, and my wife and I have 3 young children. I own and operate a website called Rather-Be-Shopping.com which specializes in online coupons for over 500 stores. I also have a blog, where I write about creative ways to save money, and other musings about the adventures and mis-adventures of raising 3 active kids.

The IRS Increases Business, Moving and Medical Expense Mileage Rates

I may faint.

The IRS actually saw a need to provide some tax relief and it didn’t take an act of Congress to implement it.

Starting July 1st, the IRS is increasing the the allowable business deductible for business vehicles from 50.5 to 58.5 cents per mile.  The optional business standard mileage rate is used to compute the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business use in lieu of tracking actual costs. This rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and many businesses to reimburse their employees for mileage.

The IRS is also going to raise the rate for calculating computing deductible medical or moving expenses from 19 cents to 27 cents a mile, also starting July 1st. The rate for charity services, requiring an act of law to change it, remains at 14 cents per mile.  Hey, nobody’s perfect.

Mileage Rate Changes

Purpose

Rates 1/1 through 6/30/08

Rates 7/1 through 12/31/08

Business

50.5

58.5

Medical/Moving

19

27

Charitable

14

14

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

For more information read the IRS press realease.

As always, please remember that I am not an expert on finance, or an accountant. I’m just an accountant’s daughter. So, please, please, please contact your accountant for expert advice.

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