Ways to Save While Fueling Up
Fueling up is a price most car owners have to pay—some more often than others depending on their daily commutes and driving demands. Plus, the price of gasoline can fluctuate considerably, specific to the day and the gas station you choose to visit.
But, despite outside forces controlling pricing and dictating driving responsibilities as well as driving joys like road trips, there are ways to save while spending money on gas, according to ConsumerReports.com writer Anthony Giorgianni; he suggests using apps or websites like AAA, Fuel Finder, Gas Guru, and Gas Buddy to source out the lowest price of gas near you. If you are traveling across state lines, it’s also a good idea to know how much those prices can differ.
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Gas stations along the highway could cost you more. “If possible, plan ahead or drive a little farther toward the nearest town to find a cheaper station,” reports MoneyCrashers.com writer Debra Atlas.
Timing matters, too. “Purchase gas early or late in the day, especially during warm months. Gas is cooler earlier in the day, and more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump,” reports Atlas. “Also, buy gas early in the week. Prices typically rise between Wednesday and Saturday, but stay lower during the early days of the week.”
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Stop hitting the gas so much if you want to save on fuel. “Driving fast may be fun, but it also increases drag, which increases fuel consumption. Driving just below the speed limit and driving smoothly (not accelerating quickly) uses gas more efficiently, so you may have to fill up a lot less often,” reports Atlas.
Waiting until your fuel light dings is not a good strategy for saving money on fuel because it limits your choice of the best deal on gas to the nearest gas, according to Atlas. Regular maintenance and not driving like a speed demon are also recommended by Atlas as ways you can save on gas.