10 Ways to Save at the Gas Pump


10 Ways to Save at the Gas Pump

With gas prices skyrocketing, now’s the time to familiarize yourself with these money-savings tips before you fuel up.

  1. Utilize gas price tracking apps
    Apps like GasBuddy, Waze, and AAA TripTik Travel Planner allow you to monitor gas prices in your area. A price difference of even a few cents can add up.   

  2. Check your tire pressure
    Your gas mileage can be improved by an average of 0.6% if you keep your tires properly inflated. Refer to the owner’s manual to find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle. 

  3. Drive with cruise control on the highway
    Using cruise control keeps your speed constant, which is most beneficial for your vehicle’s fuel economy when driving on the highway or interstate.

  4. Use gas station reward programs
    Many gas stations such as Exxon, Mapco, and Shell offer fuel reward programs that allow you to save around 3-5 cents per gallon.

  5. Avoid traffic
    If possible, try going to work earlier to avoid rush hour or try taking a different route to bypass sitting and idling in heavy traffic.

  6.  Remove unnecessary weight from your vehicle
    Discarding an extra 100 pounds kept in your vehicle can save you an estimated $0.03 per gallon.

  7. Select the correct fuel grade
    Most cars are designed to run on regular gasoline, so premium fuel may not be necessary. Check with your vehicle manufacturer to find out the recommended fuel grade for your car.

  8. Lose the road rage
    Drive the speed limit, gradually brake, and accelerate gently to avoid wasting fuel. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by over 30% on the highway.

  9. Fill up early in the week
    Fill up on Mondays rather than Fridays as gas prices tend to be more expensive towards the weekend.

  10. Check for a loose gas cap
    Damaged, loose, or even missing gas caps cause gas to vaporize from your tank. Loose gas caps can result in a reduction in fuel efficiency, so make sure your gas cap is as tight as possible and replace it if it’s damaged or missing.
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