Stop Wasting Money When You Fill Your Car Up With Gas

by Harry Johnson in Tips

It’s no big secret – gas prices are rapidly rising. For many consumers this can lead to serious financial problems. If you’re like the average driver then you can expect to put 15,000 miles on your vehicle every year and average about 20 miles on a gallon of gas. What this means is that for every 10 cents that gas prices rise you can expect to spend an extra $75 a year. Unfortunately you can’t control the price of gas however, you can change some driving/car habits that will allow you to save money every time you visit a gas pump.

The biggest money waster when it comes to purchasing gasoline for your car is determined based on how well you maintain your vehicle. Since your automobile only uses 15% of the gas you pump into it with the rest expended for various other reasons in behooves you to take care of your car. Always perform the regularly scheduled maintenance on your vehicle in order to keep it running smoothly and most importantly efficiently. This will allow it to use the gasoline you put into it more economically and allow your car to become more pocketbook friendly.

Sometimes it pays to be a smart gasoline shopper. What that means is to keep your eyes open in order to spot the lowest advertised price at gas stations as you do your normal daily driving routines. I’m not advocating that you actively go search for the cheapest gas since this will increase the amount of miles you drive and end up actually costing you more money then you would save. Just be a conscious observer and when you spot a cheaper price for gas then you would normally pay feel free to stop and fill your car up.

One of the ways that you can save more money at the gas pump is by using a gasoline credit card. Normally when you use a gasoline card you receive a 5 or 10 percent rebate back on the purchase of your gas. This rebate can be significant and can add up to anywhere from $75 to $300 in a given year. Of course the amount is dependent on the number of times you fill up and requires you to consistently use your gasoline card for all gas purchases.

Here’s a good money saving tip for you scientific types out there in driving land. Gasoline becomes denser in colder temperatures. Gas pumps are set to measure the volume of the fuel that you pump and not the density. This means that if you fill up your gas tank in the cooler morning temperatures, or in the colder evening hours, that you’ll be getting better gas price economy.

In some cases you can search the Internet for the lowest gas prices. This can be very helpful if you’re planning a trip that requires a long drive. Use the Internet to find the lowest costing gas along the route you will be taking to get to your destination.

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