Whether you are going on a close staycation or having a road trip planned across the country, saving money on gas is crucial to not break the bank. Here are my tips to save money on gas so you can spend more money on experiences.
Tips to Save Money on Gas
Choose the Right Vehicle
If you are renting a car you might be tempted to get the biggest vehicle they offer, but often times that choice may have very low miles per gallon. Do a little research before you reserve the car to see what vehicle has better fuel mileage.
Don’t fill up at a station if you see the tanker that day.
If you happen to see a gasoline tanker filling the tanks at the gas station, go to a different station. As the station’s underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment. Sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance.
Don’t overfill your tank.
Once the pump stops, stop putting gas in your car. We made that mistake and it costs us quite a bit to repair.
Save with a Fuel Perks/Rewards Program.
Buy Gas at Well Known, Good Quality Stations.
When traveling stick to service station names you recognize. Sometimes lower end mom/pop gas stations have lower quality fuel. Use the Gas Buddy app to help you find known stations and the lowest price. I love this app for finding cheap gas prices, especially when you are out of town and don’t know the good places.
Check your tires air pressure.
It is always good practice before a road trip to take your vehicle in to get service. A well=tuned vehicle just runs more efficiently. One of the most important things to save money on gas is to check is tire pressure. When your tires don’t have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get anywhere
Drive at a consistent speed.
Your car is optimized for somewhere around 55-60 miles per hour, and you can reduce efficiency by almost a third if you’re going 20 mph over. Plus, you always run the risk of getting a ticket which totally blows your vacation budget.
Pay with Cash.
Some stations add a credit/ debit card fee. A gas station near me charges an additional 5 cents per gallon. Most of the time if you are using a well-known gas station, you will not run into this problem.
Roll Down the Windows
Using the AC can use more fuel. If the weather is nice, enjoy the open air. Car and Driver found that at all speeds up to 75 mph that having the A/C on used more fuel than open windows.