20 Ways You Can Save Money on Gas

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20 Ways You Can Save Money on Gas

The rising price of gas has created financial hardship for almost everyone. Prices at the pump seem to spike day by day. While there may be no way for you to control the gas prices, there are a few tips and tricks that can be employed to help save money at the pump. Here are 20 to try.

1. Compare Gas Prices

Instead of just pulling into the nearest station and filling up, you may want to consider shopping around to find the cheapest gas price possible. Prices can vary as much as 20% in a ten-mile radius. To figure out which stations consistently have lower gas prices, keep an eye out as you drive around. If you need help remembering prices and stations, track your findings in writing. After a week or two, you will have a list of the cheapest filling stations in your area.
2. Conduct Price Checks Online

If you don’t have time to compare gas prices manually, you can also use the Internet to find out more about prices in your neighborhood. The following websites are dedicated to helping consumers find the cheapest gas possible:
3. Don’t Drive Too Far for Gas

Shopping around for the cheapest gas is smart, but driving too far out of the way to get the gas isn’t. The goal is to save money, not waste gas. Depending on your vehicle’s gas mileage, driving out of your way may add up to more than the savings that you achieve. If you find a station that offers significant savings, but is out of your way, you may want to consider planning trips in that direction.
4. Take Advantage of Rewards

Consider getting a gas card or credit card that offers rewards or rebates on gas purchases. Depending on the rebate percentages and the amount of gas you buy every year, this could save you hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars.
5. Utilize Gas Coupons

Certain retail outlets, such as Meijer and Wal-Mart, also own and operate gas stations. These stores often give coupons out to their customers that can be used to save money on gas. For example, when you purchase certain grocery items, Meijer provides you with a coupon that lets you save $0.03 on each gallon of gas that you buy from their gas station.
6. Buy Gas in the Morning or Evening

Gas pumps measure the volume of gas, not the density. Because gas becomes denser in colder temperatures, pumping gas in the cool morning or evening hours will provide you with better gas price economy.
7. Buy Gas During the Week

Gas prices are usually higher on the weekend. They typically begin their climb on Thursday or Friday, but may begin as early as Wednesday. Filling up late Monday or early Tuesday is usually the most cost efficient option.
8. Don’t Run Your Car on Empty

You should never let the gas get too low in the tank. Running on empty, or close to it, makes your vehicle work harder to accelerate and decelerate in the usual fashion. Try to keep at least a 1/4 of a tank at all times. This will help improve gas mileage. 
9. Don’t Shortchange Yourself

When you quit pumping gas into your car, some fuel is left in the nozzle. This fuel can amount to as much as half of a cup and is nothing but a bonus for the next customer. To make sure you get all of the gas that you paid for, tip the nozzle 180 degrees after you finish pumping so that all of the fuel drains into your tank. Though it only seems like a small amount, it can really add up in the course of a year.
10. Have Your Vehicle Serviced Regularly

Mechanical problems may result in higher gas consumption. Studies have shown that vehicles that have not been properly maintained use 10 to 20 percent more gas. According to www.fueleconomy.gov, servicing your car regularly can improve your gas mileage by as much as 4.1 percent.
11. Get Oil Changes

Changing the oil in your vehicle on a regular basis is one of the most essential aspects of vehicle maintenance. Clean oil helps reduce the wear and tear on the engine and helps to maintain your vehicle’s fuel economy. Unless the owner’s manual of your vehicle says otherwise, oil should be changed every three months or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.
12. Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Replacing the air filter in your vehicle regularly can improve your gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. Depending on the current gas price, that can be anywhere from $0.25 to $0.40 per gallon. Most air filters are inexpensive and can be changed with little mechanical knowledge. If you are hesitant to change the air filter yourself, it can be done at a service garage or an oil change facility.
13. Change Your Fuel Filter

In addition to changing the air filter regularly, you should also change your vehicle’s fuel filter whenever necessary. A clean fuel filter can dramatically improve your gas mileage and will help your car run smoother and more efficiently. If you cannot change the fuel filter yourself, you can have it done at a service garage or an oil change facility.
14. Check Your Tires

If your tires are not properly inflated, it can have a dramatic effect on your gas mileage. Under-inflated tires can lower the mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 PSI drop in pressure. Tires should be checked with a tire gauge at least once per month. The best time to check the tire pressure is during cool weather or after your car has been parked for several hours. To learn more about how much pressure should be in your tires, consult the owner’s manual for your vehicle or check the tire itself for information.
15. Remove Snow Tires ASAP

Many people use tires that are specially designed to drive in snow. Though these tires make it easier to drive through winter weather, they also have a damaging effect on your vehicle’s fuel economy. Snow tires have thick tread and use more gasoline than summer or all-season radials. As soon as the snow quits flying, you should remove the snow tires and replace them with a more fuel efficient option.
16. Remove Snow and Ice

In the winter, snow and ice can quickly accumulate on vehicles that are exposed to the elements. Heavy snow and ice can add as much as 100 pounds to the weight of your vehicle. This weight slows you down and wastes gas. Always try to remove as much of the snow and ice as you can before heading out on the road.
17. Accelerate Slowly

The faster you accelerate from a dead stop, the more gas your vehicle will use.
Apply pressure to the gas pedal slowly and gradually every time you take off. This one little act will improve your vehicle’s gas mileage significantly.
18. Utilize the Cruise Control

If your vehicle is equipped with cruise control, you should utilize this option every time you are driving on the highway. Cruise control helps you maintain a steady pace, which in turn helps stabilize your vehicle’s gas consumption.
19. Use Fuel Saving Products

Although most studies have been inconclusive, the EPA has tested several fuel saving products that are meant to decrease your vehicle’s fuel consumption. Here are just a few of the products that have been tested:
  • Air Bleed Devices  
  • Vapor Bleed Devices
  • Ignition Devices  
  • Fuel Line Devices  
  • Liquid Fuel Injection Products  

To learn more about these products and devices, speak with your mechanic or visit www.epa.gov.
20. Drive Less

Driving less is the easiest way to save gas. Try carpooling, get a bike, or walk short distances. You could also consider using public transportation whenever possible. You may have to pay a small fee to take the bus or subway, but such fees are almost always less than the cost of gas.

How about you all? Have you used these tips or others to save money on gas?! Share your experiences by commenting below!

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