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How to Save Money on Gas


Just when we thought there was going to be a reprieve in the cost of gasoline, gas prices once again have begun to soar. With the operating cost of vehicles continually on the rise, what’s a consumer to do? Believe it or not, there is a ray of hope. By following a few savvy tips, you can help alleviate the pain caused by the current gas prices.

Check Your Air Filter - Whenever you get your oil changed, you should definitely check your air filter. If your air filter is clogged, it can cause your engine to work harder, thereby consuming more gas.

Fill Up Before the Holiday - If a holiday is coming up, make sure you fill up your tank at least three days before the holiday. Gas prices traditionally increase on holidays due to an increased demand for gasoline.

Don’t Peel Out - When taking off from a complete stop, don’t put the petal to the metal. Taking off slowly from a stop can have a dramatic effect on the fuel efficiency of your car. By accelerating slowly after being at a stop, you’ll be able to partially offset the rising cost of gas prices.

Buy When It’s Coolest -You’re going to want to buy gas when it’s coolest out. That usually means filling up in the early morning hours or in the cooler hours of the evening. Or if it’s 70 degrees one day and you know it’s going to fall to 60 degrees, the next, wait to fill your gas tank.

The reason for this is that gas is denser when it’s cooler out and gas prices are based on the volume of gas you buy, not the density of the gas you’re purchasing. Because of this, you’ll get more bang for your buck by filling up when the weather’s cool.

Make Sure Your Tank is Properly Sealed - When putting the cap on your gas tank, make sure that it’s sealed properly. Each year, over 147 million gallons of gas evaporate into the air due to improperly sealed gas caps. With gas prices the way they are, the last thing you want to do is be throwing gasoline out the window.

By following the simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to combating the effects rising gas prices have on your wallet.

Posted on Apr 08 2011

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