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If you haven't filled your gas tank recently, you're in for a real surprise at the pump. Right now the current average for a gallon of regular gas in the US is $4.31. That's a sharp increase from even just a week ago when it was $3.72!
How to Save on Your Gas Money
While we've drastically cut down on our driving since we're working from home, I know many families don't have that option.
If you're looking to cut down on your gasoline bills, becoming a savvy driver is important. These tips have saved us some money at the gas pump. I hope they can help you too!
Track Your Gas Mileage
Whether it's with a spreadsheet or app, tracking your gas mileage and price can give you great insights on how you can save.
Based on the data, I've scheduled needed tune ups, repairs, and maintenance keeping my car in good condition.
Besides some obvious choices like Costco, Sam's Club, and Walmart, you may discover some other gas stations that have competitive prices.
Be Consistent with Your Driving Speed
Don't have a lead foot when driving. Not only can that increase your chances of getting a ticket, stop and go driving decreases your fuel efficiency.
Try to maintain your speed when you're driving on the highway. Try to use cruise control when it you can to help you be steady with speed.
Don't Keep the Car Running
If you’re picking up someone as a favor, do yourself one and turn your car off if it'll be longer than a minute or two.
Keep Your Car Light
Less weight means better mileage, so remove any junk in your trunk. Having a heavy load can take its toll as you drive around town.
Join or Form a Carpool
Do you want to help the environment, save money at the gas pump, and reduce the wear and tear on your car? Carpooling to work or even when doing errands can be better for your finances. The added bonus is you can have some time to catch up with friends and coworkers.
Depending on your area, public transportation may be another viable option.
Combine Errands to Minimize Unnecessary Trips
Instead of doing several trips around the city throughout the week, I combine several errands into one or two runs during the week.
Tracking Your Car's Gas Mileage
If you’re interested in tracking your gas mileage, here are some free spreadsheets I found on the web.
How do you know if your gas mileage is good for your vehicle model?
A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $768 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.07).
That's quite a bit of money. Even if you improve your car's mpg by 5, that's still hundreds of dollars saved!
Thoughts on Rising Gas Prices
How have you been doing lately? Has rising gasoline prices affected your car driving lifestyle? What’s the price of gasoline in your area?
This post was originally published February 2011. Updated March 2022
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