Saving Money On Gas

October 14th, 2020 by

 

We’re all looking for ways to pinch pennies right now, and with gasoline being a regular expense for most Americans, we decided to dedicate this week’s blog to saving you money before you even reach the pump. Some of these tips might seem small or insignificant but we are confident you will notice the difference in your bank account after trying them out.

  1. Get Gas Early In the Week: Typically, gas prices are higher leading into and during the weekend because of the increase in people traveling. With that in mind, try to fill up your tank earlier in the week.

  1. Find the Cheapest Gas in Your Area (there’s an app for that): Gas prices can range a fair amount based on where you buy it. Usually, stations found near major exits will have higher prices because of the higher amount of traffic and more people looking for a quick stop. On the other hand, gas stations that are more out of the way will need to compete for the same customers and will usually have slightly lower prices. Apps like GasBuddy, Gas Guru, and our personal favorite Waze compile pricing information on gas stations near you in an easily understandable and regularly updated list.

  1. Loyalty and Reward Programs: Most large gas station chains and grocery stores have some sort of rewards program or credit card that offers reduced prices on gas and other goods the more you shop with them.

  1. Reduce The Weight In Your Car: Try to keep your car as light as possible to help reduce drag. This will also help the overall fuel economy of your car as well. If you have roof racks that don’t get used much consider removing them to help with weight and aerodynamics.

  1. Tire Inflation: Making sure your tires are properly inflated on a regular basis is a great way to increase fuel efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, for every 1 pound per square per tire that your tires are deflated below maximum recommended levels, you lose 0.2% in fuel efficacy.

  1. Drive Smart and Safe: Try to avoid aggressive and unnecessary driving habits like rapid acceleration, hard braking, and speeding. Typically, the faster you drive the more gas you will use, and braking hard will wear your brake pads down quickly. Coasting before stops and turns can also help cut gas usage and reduce wear on your car.

  1. Reduce Idle Time: Leaving your engine idling for too long is never a good idea. You will actually save more money by turning your car off if you’re waiting for more than 30 seconds at a stop.

  1. Cruise Control: Using cruise control when on long trips or strips of straight road will allow your car to maintain a consistent speed, increase fuel efficiency, and better mileage. It should be noted that using cruise control on hills might push your car to sustain speed and gear it has trouble maintaining.

  1. Regular Maintenance: This is more of a general thing to keep in mind. Making sure that your car is in strong working condition will make sure the gas your using is being used efficiently.

  1. Carpool: Carpooling might not always be possible, but it’s a good way to reduce carbon emissions while splitting the cost of the drive with other passengers. Areas with a larger population counts usually have lanes dedicated to carpooling, meaning less congestion on the road and getting where you’re going quicker.

 

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