Ways to Save at the Pump

PumpWith summer right around the corner, gas prices are sure to start rising as they usually do around this time of year. Go figure, the season that most of us decide to hop in our cars and go on a road trip to see Uncle Bob or to trek across the country to find a beach is when gas prices reach their peak of the year. Well, that’s just how it seems to go doesn’t it?! While we can’t lower gas prices with a snap of our fingers, there are ways in which everyone can save on those trips to the pump.

Here are a few ways we can all save on gas. Filling up on weekdays is a great way to save money because prices tend to rise on the weekends. Paying attention to deals and discount cards at different gas stations can help save money by signing up for rebate programs that offer up to 10% off of gas! Also, avoid driving around on empty if possible. Your vehicle actually tends to use more gas while at a lower fuel level because it starts to run more inefficiently. It’s always a good idea to fill up when you have about half or just under a half tank of gas.

Another way you can save at the pump is by keeping your car as empty as possible. Yes, ladies make sure your back seat isn’t full of a year’s supply of clothes and shoes. And guys, keep the smelly equipment bags full of your sports gear in the garage and not in the trunk. Most people don’t realize that for every 100 pounds of weight in your car, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. Keeping a full trunk will create drag and limit the efficiency of your gas mileage. Checking tire pressure whenever you fill up is also a great way to get the most out of what you are paying for. Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll which equals more gas consumption. Always make sure to avoid gas stations near freeways as well. It has been known that gas stations along and near freeways tend to have higher prices than those away from freeways.

Keeping your car in as good of shape as possible will also lead to more efficient gas consumption and fewer trips to fill up. Changing oil regularly and checking the air filter are two great ways to keep your car running smoothly for a very low cost. Also make sure to limit the use of air conditioning. The air conditioning unit consumes a lot of fuel and should be used minimally if possible. With the temperatures rising and the gas prices following along, make sure to do yourself a favor by following some of these steps to help limit the amount you spend at the pump! Stay Wise!