5 Tips to Save at the Pump
With gas rising, filling up at the pump can be painful, especially for those that drive a lot each day. Of course driving less is one way to make sure you are spending less on gas. Carpooling, public transportation, riding a bike, or other alternatives can help, but when they aren’t the answer, there are still some tips you can follow to lower the price tag at the pump.
1. 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! In the same regard, be gentle on your brake pedals, too. Aggressive driving can cost you money and your safety.
2. Check your tire pressure monthly. When your tires are under inflated, they pose a safety risk. Not only that, but they burn more gasoline (and ultimately your cash!). Make sure you don’t over-inflate your tires either because that can wear them down, leaving you with less traction on the road.
3. 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).
4. Shop where you get rewards. Several grocery stores offer rewards that can be redeemed toward fuel savings. You’ll most likely need a shopper’s card to take advantage of these promotions, 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! This is a big one for me because two of our major grocery stores in my state offer rewards. If your grocery store doesn’t offer this promotion, you can also check Costco gas, which is usually significantly cheaper.
5. 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. The best part is that this is national, so you can use it if you are traveling too, and not as familiar with the lower-priced stations.