These days, the hot topic of conversation headlining most of our news, talk shows and websites these days seem to be one of two, Charlie Sheen and rising gas prices.
I will refrain from commenting on the Charlie Sheen situation and touch upon a subject I blogged abut a few days ago, rising gas prices.
As rising gas prices continue to worry consumers, the Today Show / www.TodayShow.com recently interviewed founder of www.GasBuddy.com who shared some gas saving tips. I also recently read an article on CNN Money Magazine http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/pf/1103/gallery.money_saving_apps/index.html regarding “The 5 Best Money Saving Apps” which included GasBuddy. Money Magazine recently featured an article “10 Ways to Save $50,000” in which they commented on ways to save at the pump and another website www.GasPriceWatch.com had some very insightful tips. To simplify things, I have put together a list of their suggestions on how you can try and spare some gas and cash…
- Drive less aggressively, accelerating slowly
- Avoid unnecessary idling
- Use your crusie control when appropriate
- Download an app like “GasBuddy” to use
- Use a GPS when traveling to unfamiliar areas to avoid unnecessary detours and u-turns 🙂
- For long trips, use your most gas friendly car – it might be a tight fit, but the savings can be really big.
- Consolidate trips – try and schedule your trips and combine them. Many times just making a decision to go to a different side of town to shop can lead you to major price savings at the pump.
- Buy gasoline during coolest time of day – early morning or late evening is best. During these times gasoline is densest. Keep in mind – gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to “volume of measurement”.
- Normally the best time to buy gasoline from a pricing point is Wednesday morning. The prices are usually moved up for weekend by the oil companies and by Wednesday you have had three days of competition setting in among the stations to help drive the price down a few cents.
- Most stations generally raise or lower their prices in the morning – around 10 AM. Expect a rise to occur on Thursday morning.
- Avoid filling gas tank to top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Try never to fill gas tank past the first “click” of fuel nozzle, if nozzle is automatic.
- Avoid purchasing at exit ramps for highways – especially during holiday travel. These stations may be convenient but they know they have a captive audience. Try to fill up at your local station before you leave town – you know the one – where the prices are lowest.
- If you have to buy on the highway, try to buy at the border stations when traveling between states. Many times these stations are very aggressive at trying to gain your business and many can take advantage of differences in state taxes.
- Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you’re on it.
I hope you’ll find these tips to be useful!
Safe travels and happy savings!!!
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