With gas prices on the rise, learning to conserve money at the gas station is one thing savvy drivers may do to help take some of the sting out of their wallets. Use these guidelines to maximize your savings and get more out of every mile. From the time you fill up your tank, to what you do after that, there are various ways you can save a few bucks at the pump.
Avoid Delivery Times
Gas delivered from the refinery is much hotter, which means you're will be paying for a lot more than you receive.
Don't Top Off
Topping off your gas tank or continuing pumping after the nozzle has automatically stopped can really add a lot of pointless costs to your gas cost. Because most nozzles are designed to take up any extra gas and cycle it back to the pump.
Use Regular Gas
If you have been filling up with premium gas since your owner's manual recommends it, your vehicle could do just as well on regular, letting you pocket the difference.
Drive Slower & Steady
Driving fast may be fun, but it also increases drag, which increases fuel consumption. Driving at or below the speed limit uses gas more efficiently, so you may have to fill up a lot less often.
Use a Gas App
Gas apps can really help you save at the gas pump, up to $0.20 per gallon. These apps are available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows phone, and many others as well.
Purchase a Fuel-Efficient Car
Getting a more fuel-efficient car or non-hybrids can get up to 40 miles per gallon.
Fill Up Near State Lines
Fill up near state lines if possible, when traveling. Because of tax difference rates, you can save a bundle just by crossing into another state. Do your research ahead of time before going on a road trip to get the best rates.
Choose the Fastest Route
Take routes with fewer stop signs and traffic lights, when possible. Sometimes shortest route isn't always the most fuel-efficient route.
Limit Your A/C Usage
Your ac can be a gas guzzler. So turn it off when you don't need it. And park in a shaded parking area with your window cracked to circulate air.
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