Easy Tips To Save Money On Gas

Do you always keep one eye on the gas prices? Do you only fill up when the numbers are right? Well, there’s more than one way to pinch pennies when it comes to fueling your engine. Price shopping is just the beginning and we’ve got the tricks to savings:

 

Find The Cheap Gas

  • Use GasBuddy.com app to locate cheapest stations nearest you
  • Outlying suburbs are less expensive than metro areas
  • Affluent neighborhoods typically charge a premium
  • Gas stations near major freeway exits are pricier – drive a few blocks for your deal
  • Wholesale clubs and grocery stores sell close to cost or at a loss (to drive people into stores for additional purchases)
  • Service stations with auto repair shop often have pricier gas

 

Drive Savvy

  • Refrain from accelerating or braking hard
  • Optimal fuel economy is achieved around 55mph
  • Use cruise control – maintaining constant speed over long distances saves gas
  • Avoid long idles – shut off your car after 1 minute – restarting uses less fuel than idling
  • Use A/C sparingly – it can use up to 20% more fuel
  • Keep windows closed – increasing drag can use up to 10% more fuel
  • Use the greenMeter app to see the monetary impact your driving style has on fuel economy

 

Maintain Your Vehicle

  • Keep tires property inflated – a single tire under inflated by 2 PSI increases fuel consumption by 1%
  • Service vehicle regularly – dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels can cause poor fuel economy
  • Remove heavy loads from trunk

 

Coupons & Discounts

  • Coupons can be found in the mall, on the back of grocery store receipts, and on the Internet
  • Purchase a car wash and get a discount or visa versa
  • Use a gas rebate card

 

Alternative Methods of Travel

  • Carpool to work
  • Public transportation – passes are usually available at discounted rates – it’s usually less expensive than driving plus paying for parking
  • Walk or ride your bike to work

 

Fuel Efficient Vehicles

  • Hybrid gas/electric vehicles get 45+ MPG – three times the fuel economy of certain SUV’s
  • Unless you do a lot of driving, it may be difficult to save enough money to justify paying the premium purchase price for a hybrid