Filling up your vehicle with gas nowadays can severely hurt the pocketbook. Average Gas prices at the time of this article in Canada is $2.10/L cad & in the USA is $5.00/G usd. With the steady rise of unprecedented gas prices leaves many people feeling helpless. If you are in a crunch and are looking for ways to save at the gas pump here are a few tips.
“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin
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Save at the Gas Pump
Keep your vehicle’s maintenance up to date. Believe it or not only about 20 percent of the gas in your car’s tank is used to move the vehicle. 80 percent of the fuel energy is lost to friction, noise, engine operation, etc. That is why it is important to keep up to date with your car’s maintenance. Keeping proper tire pressures and scheduled oil changes are two easy ways to help save at the pump.
Pay for gas the smart way, although typical credit cards will get you a mere 1% cash back on fuel purchases. Using a Gas Credit card can save you up to 5% on your gas purchase. Here are the Best Gas Credit Cards
Buy your gas when the outdoor temperature is lower. Usually in the morning or late evening. Why? Gasoline is denser the colder temperature is and the gas pumps are set to measure the volume of the fuel not the density of the fuel, therefore cooler temperature will get you more fuel for your buck.
Travel as light as possible. The heavier the vehicle is loaded the lower the fuel economy will be. Therefore, remove any unused items, roof rack devices, towing hitches, etc. Keeping only the bare essentials in your vehicle will save money at the pump.
Be cognizant of your driving and try to get in the habit of not accelerating fast and avoid excessive/hard braking. Why? It takes a lot more fuel/energy to get a vehicle moving than it is to maintain a vehicle that is at a constant speed. Also, avoid excessive idling. Turning off the vehicle when not needed can definitely help prolong having to fill up.
Saving money at the gas pumps can be as easy as making a few simple changes. Hopefully, these tips will help you save some money at the gas pump. How much is gas where you live? Comment below and let us know.
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