9 Ways to Save On Gas at the Pump

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by on April 10, 2012


Ways to Save On Gas9 Ways to Save on Gas at the Pump

Looking for Ways to Save on Gas at the Pump?  With rising gas prices at the pump, it can be down right painful to fill up at the gas station. And with the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported this week that the national average is $3.93 for a gallon of gas, we know that it will probably only get worse as the summer rolls on.

Of course, driving less can help reduce the amount of gas you use, and therefore need to buy, but when carpooling, riding your bike, or using alternative transportation just isn’t feasible, then you can still use these tips to help you save at the pump.

Before You Get In Your Car – Check out these Ways to Save on Gas:

1. Lighten your load. You don’t need extra equipment or “stuff” in your car that just weighs it down, and ultimately burns more gasoline. Just like you are spring cleaning in your home, make sure you do the same with your car to get out anything that is not necessary.

2. Plan your errands together so you have less driving. Just like you plan your shopping trip, plan out your route as well so that you are driving the least amount of miles.

3. Shop where you get rewards. Several grocery stores over rewards that can be redeemed toward fuel savings. In Arizona, shop at Fry’s or Safeway, and you can earn points to save up to $1 per gallon of fuel when you fill up. Fry’s also allows you to use your rewards at both Circle K and Shell, so you’ll most likely be able to find a station near you. You’ll need a shopper’s card to take advantage of this promotion, and make sure you read the fine print for the terms and limitations. Remember – even a savings of $0.05 a gallon is still a savings!

While You Are On the Road – Check out these Ways to Save on Gas:

4. Drive the speed limit and ease up on your accelerator. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), every 5 mph over 60 mph costs you an extra $0.24 at the pump. That means that if you are driving 65 mph, instead of 60 mph, you pay an extra $3.60 per tank, while 70 mph will cost you an extra $7.20 per tank!

5. Check your tire pressure monthly. When your tires are underflated, they pose a safety risk. Not only that, but they burn more gasoline (and ultimately your cash!). Make sure you don’t overinflate your tires either because that can wear them down, leaving you with less traction on the road.

6. Don’t leave your car idling. If you will be sitting in your car for more than a minute, turn it off. You can turn it back on when you are moving again, but sitting in an idling car is just a waste of gas, and a waste of money.

At the Pump – Check out these Ways to Save on Gas:

7. Use your Smartphone to find the lowest price. No matter where you are, use an app like GasBuddy.com to find the cheapest gas near you. You’ll be able to compare prices before you even step foot in your car.

8. Take your time while you fill up. According to AAA, setting your fuel nozzle on the lowest setting will allow you to get less vapor, and more fuel in your tank. This practice may take more time, but your patience will pay off by giving you a fuller tank (and with prices rising, filling at a lower price saves the most).

9. Skip premium gasoline. Unless your cars requires the higher-octane, stick with regular and save money from the premium price.

What other tips do you have for saving your money when you fill up?

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