We all want to spend less on gas. Whether you fill up your gas tank once, twice or even three times a week, everyone knows it can be a massive drain on your wallet. But what if with a few simple upkeep techniques, and a little bit of smart consumer know how, you could soften the blow a bit? What if you could soften the blow tremendously? From deciding where and when you pump your gas, to keeping up with basic maintenance, even what seems to be the tiniest consideration can have a dramatic impact on your fuel economy over the course of a year.
Often overlooked, where you get your gas can have a huge impact on how much you’re spending per week. Maybe one station just up the road is two cents cheaper. Or the one you just passed was three higher. It may not seem like a huge deal to just swing into the nearest station, gas up and roll out, but if you stop to consider a moment two cents is not a small amount at all! That small difference can translate to hundreds of dollars over the course of a year, and that can be money saved, simply by keeping track of what stations near you offer the best prices. This can be done easily through online sources, or if you’re old fashioned, pick up the phone and call around!
Even less considered might be the temperature outside. Yes, even the weather has an effect on the bang for your buck. When warmed, gas expands. This doesn’t alter the actual amount of gas, of course, but it does alter its size. So on a hot day, that gallon you just pumped into your tank might not even be an actual gallon. However, in cooler temperatures gas expands less, thus is more dense, granting you more gas for your dollar as you pump! If you live in a warmer region, or during summertime, you can save cents per visit by simply choosing to fill up at night, or early in the morning.
The weight of your vehicle should also not be ignored. Every hundred pounds of excess in your vehicle can cost you one to two percent fuel economy. This may not sound like much, but it can be the difference of hundreds of dollars each year! That means that deluxe econo super-size monster toolbox with a hundred attachments could be costing you money just by being in your car. Even small articles, clutter and garbage might be hurting your gas mileage.
These all might seem like small issues, saving you a few cents here and there, but remember we’re talking about a weekly or even bi-weekly expense. Cents turn into dollars very quickly over time, and none of these tips cost you any more than thinking a bit about where, when and how you fill up. Keep these in mind next time you go to gas up and it is guaranteed you’ll spend less on gas.