Gas Guzzler: How to save money at the gas pump

Kyle Crowe

December 14th, 2016 | Posted in Money Tips
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Last year 140.43 billion gallons of gasoline were consumed here in the United States.* How much did you spend on gasoline and how can you save money at the gas pump?

  • There are a few obvious answers when it comes to saving money at the gas pump. The first is to shop around. Don’t buy gas at the nearest station just because it’s convenient and close. Find the gas station with the cheapest gas! If you don’t want to drive around checking prices, there’s an app for that!
  • On that note, don’t wait until your empty light is flashing to buy gas. If you wait too long, you might end up having to get gas wherever is closest and spending more than you need to.
  • Check your air pressure frequently to ensure that you are getting the best gas mileage you can.
  • During the winter only warm up your car for a short length of time. Try to limit your warming up to 30 seconds, anything over that will just be Don’t spend longer than 30 seconds warming up your car in the morning.
  • Another tip to saving money at the gas pump is to get gas at the beginning of the week. Prices typically rise between Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Drive smoothly. Don’t accelerate quickly  and don’t brake excessively. This will help you to use gas more efficiently.
  • Turn off the engine. If you are waiting for someone or something and are idling your car, try turning it off to save the gas.
  • Don’t go to gas stations close to the freeway. They will typically have gas that is pricier.
  • Lastly choose the best route driving. Take the route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights. The shortest route may not always be the best way to go.

Your gas bill adds up! Take precaution and save where you can when it comes to buying gasoline. Safe driving!

*https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=23&t=10