Gas prices are on the rise. Before you know it we’ll be at 5 dollars a gallon. Will the price of gas ever stop rising? Probably not. So it’s probably in your best interest if you learn right now how to save money on gas before it’s too late. Here are some tips to help you spend less on gas.
Find The Cheapest Gas (Save $50 per year)
Gas stations do not have the same prices. Some have lower prices than others. It is in your best interest to find the cheapest one and go there to fill up every time. If you discover that one station has gas 10 cents cheaper, you will stand to save about fifty bucks a year.
Why do gas stations have different prices? If there’s only one gas station in the area they can charge more since they’re the only game in town. If a gas station is right by a freeway exit they’re also going to be more expensive because the location is convenient. So how do you know which gas station to go to? Well, there’s an app for that.
Using your smartphone, install the GasBuddy app (available in the Apple app store or Android market). This app will detect your location and give you the current prices of gas stations in your area. It’s useful to use this app when you’re at work so you can see if gas is cheaper near your workplace or near your home. But don’t go out of your way to save a few cents on gas. Just find the cheapest gas station that is along your typical commuting route.
Regular Please (Save $50 per year)
The difference between regular and premium is about 10 cents a gallon. On a 20 gallon tank that’s $2 per tank. Fill up twice a week and that’s $4 per month. In a year that’s about 50 extra dollars in your pocket every single year.
Now you might be asking yourself, but isn’t premium gas better than regular? The answer is yes, but many cars can run perfectly fine on regular gas. High performance (sport cars) or luxury vehicles typically do require premium gas. But a good 75% of all cars do not fit into those categories. If you’ve got a beat up old car you are planning to replace soon, don’t even bother feeding it premium fuel.
Drive Efficiently (Save $50 per year)
Obviously, the best way to save money on gas is to use less of it. You could drive less, but we all have places to be so that’s not an option. So the best gas saving method is to change your driving style.
That’s right, how you drive affects how much gas you waste. Haven’t you noticed that the gas needle hardly moves when you’re on the freeway and it drops fast when you’re on the street? The reason for this is because fuel is wasted the most when you accelerate. So going 0 to 30 miles per hour repeatedly wastes a lot more gas than going 60 miles per hour.
Being an aggressive driver is dangerous to yourself and others on the road, but it can also be costing you money at the pump. Those rapid and repeated accelerations cause your vehicle to burn off gas quickly. So next time you’re on the road, accelerate slowly from stop signs and coast into red lights. The less time you press down on the gas pedal the more money you’ll have in your pocket.