13 Tips for Saving on Gas
13 Tips for Saving on Gas
1. Utilize Gas Price websites to make sure you are getting the lowest price possible.
The following websites allow you to map out your drive and find the lowest price for gas possible.
Gas Price Watch
2. Gas Discount Cards
Check and see if your local gas stations has a gas discount card.
Maverick Gas Stations have a card you can sign up for that saves each time you fill up.
Flying J Truck Stops have a membership card that you can use to earn discounts on gas and also their restaurant/services
3. Grocery Gas Savings
Many grocery stores offer gas savings as an incentive for shopping at their stores. As gas prices go up this is a great way to save at the pump. In our area both Safeway and Albertson’s offer gas rewards. Make sure and check the bottom of your receipt to see your current gas savings.
4. Park so you can pull forward
Park so you can always pull forward rather than use gas backing up.
5. Go the speed limit
The US Dept of Energy says that by going the speed limit and swearing off aggressive driving drivers can improve mileage by anywhere from 12 to 55 percent!
Use 15% less gas by driving 55 mph instead of 65 mph.
7. Warm your car up
Modern cards do not become fully efficient until the engine is warmed up. If you are planning a series of errands drive to the farthest distance first and work your way back.
8. Clean out your trunk
For every 30 pounds of extra weight you car carries you decrease the fuel efficiency of your car. Miles per gallon can be decreased from 1/10 to 1/100 of a percentage due to the extra weight in the car.
9. Avoid quickly accelerating or braking
Try to anticipate traffic flow and avoid quick accelerating or braking. Steady driving can increase fuel efficiency by as much as 20%
10. Make sure your tires are properly inflated
Check your owner’s manual or the door jamb of your car for the correct PSI. Even 1 tire under inflated by 2PSI will increase your fuel consumption by 1%
11. Make sure your car is well maintained
According to the Dept of Energy, A well maintained car can increase fuel efficiency by 17%
Almost 150 gallons of gas are vaporized each year because nearly 20% of cars on the road have damaged, loose or missing gas caps.
12. Park in the shade
Park your car in the shade or garage to save on gas. Gas can evaporate when the car is sitting in the sun
13. Fill up in the morning
Gas becomes denser at cooler times of the day. You will get more for your money if you buy gas in the morning when gas is most dense.
I hope these gas tips help you save at the pump. What are your best tips for saving money on gas?
Gas tips compiled from Reader’s Digest Instant Money Savers Book and Online.