12 Ways to Lower Your Car Gas Costs
Gas is a necessity if you have a car and need to go places. However, you might become so dependant on your car to get from place to place that you start to see your gas bill increase. For people on a tight budget, this can be a problem.
So what do you do?
Well, there are several things you can do to lower your gas bill. Some are obvious solutions, while others might take a little more planning and effort on your part.
Whatever the reason you want to save money on gas, you’ll be able to with these 12 tips on lowering your gas bill so you can put your money to better use.
Take Shorter Drives
This is the simplest way to start saving money quick when you’re looking to lower your bill. Although this is an obvious solution, it starts working almost immediately. Start walking to nearby locations. Or maybe even walk to locations that are a little farther away, nothing is wrong with a little extra exercise.
Consolidate driving trips so that you don’t have to drive as frequently and make several trips.
This is also better for the environment because you’ll be putting fewer gas emissions into the atmosphere. Only good things will come from driving less, you’ll see.
Don't Warm Your Car Up For More Than 30 Seconds
This is a hard thing to do! Especially in the freezing Winter months when all you want to do is get into a warm car that isn’t a big block of ice. However, if saving money on gas is really important to you, give it a try.
Limit your car warming time to 30 seconds. Any longer than that and you’ll start wasting gas. Sure, you might have to be bundled up in the car but your gas tank will take you farther.
Again, you’ll also be helping the environment by idling your car less.
If It's Warmer, Buy Gas Earlier in the Day
Not many people know this:
Gas that is a cooler temperature is actually more dense than warm gas.
This means that you’ll be pumping denser gas which will give you more bang for your buck. Warm gas is less dense and can evaporate more quickly, which means you aren’t getting as much.
This might take a little bit of extra planning but you just might see a significant difference in your gas bill.
Don't Buy Gas on the Weekend
Gas prices tend to steadily increase throughout the week.
What does that mean?
Gas prices are the cheapest from Sunday-Tuesday then slowly increase from Wednesday-Saturday. Start your week off by filling up your gas tank and you’ll see cheaper prices. The gas station might also be less crowded as people tend to go more often on the weekends to fill up.
Follow the Speed Limit
Drive exactly at or slightly below the speed limit. Driving at faster speeds increases drag which increases gas consumption.
This might take patience.
People tend to run late which causes them to drive faster to get to their destination. Wake up a little earlier and take your time on your commute. You’ll be less stressed and save some money.
Accelerate Slowly to Avoid Wasting Gas
When you slowly accelerate it uses gas more efficiently, instead of burning through it to accelerate.
Slowly step on the gas when the light turns green instead of gunning it.
Your gas tank might last longer than you think.
Shut the Car Off If Parked For Awhile
Instead of idling while you’re waiting for your friend to come out of the grocery store, turn the engine off. Maybe you’re stuck waiting for a train to pass before you can cross the tracks. Turn your engine off.
Save money and help the environment!
Go to Local Gas Stations
Gas stations near the highway tend to have higher prices because of their convenience. Try to drive further into town to find a gas station.
Get Gas Before You Hit Empty
Don’t wait until your gas light is on.
Give yourself enough gas to be able to drive around and look for the best-priced gas. If you wait, you’ll end up going to the first gas station you see, which will probably be one by the highway.
You’ll get stuck paying the high price because you won’t have another choice.
Find the Cheapest Gas Station with an App
There are tons of great gas apps out there!
Gas apps help you find the cheapest gas that’s closest to you, that way you don’t have to hunt around.
Some even offer discounts or a points program that help you save even more money.
This is easy.
If you and your friends are going to the same place, drive together. If you live near coworkers, take turns driving.
Simple and effective way to cut back on gas spending.
Redeem Gas Points from Local Grocery Stores
Several grocery stores offer gas points and rewards if you shop there. Use them!
The more points you have, the more you save!
The Rising Cost of Gas
As of 5/2/2019 the national average of a gallon of gas is $2.88. This is much lower than the highest ever national average of $4.11 in 2008.
Current trends of gas prices suggest that prices increase during Summer months then slowly go back down as the weather starts to cool off.
In 2018, the highest price was $2.98/gallon during the Summer. Then prices slowly started to drop as 2019 began and the Summer ended. The year 2019 started off with gas prices around $2.22/gallon, but have slowly climbed back up to the national average now.
Americans consumed 140.43 billion gallons of gas in 2015, which is roughly 384.74 million gallons of gas a day. That equals about $825.6 million each day.
I’d say there was room to save money.