With gas prices rising, it’s more important than ever to find ways to save money at the pump.
Here are a few easy tips to save money on gas:
1. Slow down and enjoy the scenery.
Here’s how it works: your car’s engine has to work harder when you drive faster, meaning it uses more gas to go the same distance. But your engine doesn’t have to work as hard when you drive slower. Plus, you’ll use less gas overall.
So the next time you’re trying to save some money on gas, remember to take it easy on the gas pedal! Take your time and enjoy the journey.
2. Keep your car well maintained.
When your car is maintained correctly, the engine runs more smoothly and doesn’t have to work as hard. This means it doesn’t have to use as much gas to power the car. In fact, you can save up to 4% on gas just by keeping your vehicle in good condition!
3. Use cruise control.
When you’re driving on the highway, it can be tempting to put your foot down on the gas pedal and see how fast your car can go. But did you know that this could be costing you money in gas?
That’s right, using cruise control on the highway can reduce your gas consumption.
Here’s how it works:
When driving without cruise control, your car must constantly adjust its speed as you go up and down hills. This means that your engine works harder than necessary and uses more gas than it would if you were using cruise control.
With cruise control, your car can maintain a constant speed, even on hills. This means that your engine doesn’t have to work as hard, and you use less gas.
So next time you’re driving on the highway, try using cruise control and see if you can save some gas money!
4. Avoid idling.
If you’re going to be stopped for more than a minute, turn off your engine.
When you idle your car, gas is burned, but no mileage is logged. This means that you’re essentially wasting gas while getting zero benefits. In addition, idling produces emissions that pollute the air and contribute to climate change.
So next time you’re waiting in line or stopped at a red light, remember that it’s costing you gas money to idle. Save yourself some cash by turning off your engine and enjoying the silence.
5. Carpool, bicycle, or take public transit.
Traveling with others or using mass transit can save you money on gas.
Carpooling saves you money
As we point out in this article, “the average American spends between $150 and $200 on gas each month. While there are a ton of variables, like how much you drive and the fuel grade you use for your car, prices are rising. If you split the gas money evenly among everyone in the car [through carpooling], each passenger would only have to pay one-fourth of normal gas prices. To put this into perspective, drivers who commute 15 miles to work each way would save more than $1,000 per year.”
6. Shop around for gas prices.
You may be able to find cheaper gas prices by shopping around.
Try using GasBuddy, an app that helps you find the cheapest gas prices in your area. You could also try Clever Gas, an app that gives you gas discounts at participating gas stations.
7. Use gas rewards credit cards.
You can earn gas rewards or discounts when you use certain credit cards. As we mention in this article, not all credit cards are bad. You just need to know how to maximize the benefits.
8. Join a gas station loyalty program.
Some gas stations offer loyalty programs that can save you money on gas.
Here’s a list of some of the most popular gas rewards programs in the United States:
ExxonMobil Rewards+: This program offers gas discounts and rewards points that you can use for merchandise or gift cards.
Shell Fuel Rewards: This program offers gas discounts when you purchase gas and other products at participating Shell stations.
Chevron gas rewards: Chevron offers gas discounts and rewards points redeemable for merchandise or gift cards.
BP Driver Rewards: This program offers gas discounts and rewards points that you can use for merchandise or gift cards.
Phillips 66 gas rewards: Phillips 66 offers gas discounts and rewards points usable for merchandise or gift cards.
9. Buy gas during off-peak hours.
Gas prices are typically highest during peak hours because demand is higher. For most areas, this is generally during the middle of the day.
Off-peak hours for gas prices are commonly early morning or late at night. If you must buy gas during peak hours, try to do so at a gas station that offers discounts.
10. Keep your tires inflated.
Properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by up to 3%.
Properly inflated tires can save you gas money in two ways. First, they improve your gas mileage by reducing rolling resistance. Second, they improve your car’s handling, which can lead to improved gas mileage.
Properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by up to 3%, saving you gas money in two ways. First, they improve your gas mileage by reducing rolling resistance. Second, they improve your car’s handling, improving gas mileage.
There are a few things to keep in mind when inflating your tires:
Check your owner’s manual or the sticker on your doorjamb for the recommended tire pressure.
Use a quality air gauge to get an accurate reading.