As you drive up to the gas station pump and fuel your car up with $10-$70 worth of gas, you may find yourself releasing a long drawn out sigh. How on Earth did petrol get to be so expensive? Should you check out one of those new hybrid cars you saw on the news? Everyone’s talking about hybrid cars anyway. Hybrid cars and other types of cars may seem to be a good idea, but before you go out and do something rash, perhaps you should ask yourself a few basic questions about how you can begin saving money on fuel.
Nowadays, there are so many options out there including everything from staying home to purchasing a hybrid car, but you have to find out what is right for you personally and you can best do that by posing yourself the following questions.
Maybe you should drive less mileage?
Of course, you could spend the rest of your life at home watching films, but how would you get by then? I know what you’re thinking! You will walk more and so get more exercise. That could be true, but what will happen when you get bored with walking or riding your bike? How are you going to be able to get to the gym then? And, have you forgotten about work? You know you love listening to your books on tape while you are sitting in traffic at the end of the workday. Should you drive less? Perhaps not then. But what should you do? Well, have you ever considered buying a hybrid vehicle?
Should I buy a car that is more economical on gas?
Yes, you could do this, but what about when the vehicle starts to depreciate and it’s not as fuel-efficient as you thought it would be? And subconsciously, because you know you have a car that gets more mileage out of fuel, you are going to start traveling more miles than you traveled before.
How about getting up earlier each morning to look for the cheapest gas prices in the area?
Really, who has the time for all that? If you really think about it, you would probably spend your time better finding the right answer to the real question. Do you really want to spend extra time looking for a cheap fuel station? What would your boss think if you arrive late for work and tell him you were trying to save money on petrol? And anyway, how long do you think you’ll keep doing that?
Should I find a way to run my car on electric?
Let’s see, you certainly don’t want to have to charge your car’s batteries every day before going to work because that might make you late too. However, with a hybrid car, you wouldn’t have to worry about that. Therefore, the next question should be obvious.
Should I purchase a hybrid car?
Perhaps you should. It’s possible that buying a hybrid car could be a sensible method to avoid paying higher gas costs. Will your car depreciate right after you drive it off the forecourt? A hybrid won’t do that so readily because it brings the buyer in more and more money as they save on fuel. A hybrid car just might be a good solution here. However, it is always a good idea to conduct further research before buying a hybrid car.
Originally posted 2009-06-21 08:46:02.