How To: Save Money at the Gas Pump

From running the A/C to avoiding Ethanol, seven practical tips to ensure drivers don't pay too much at the pump

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012  |  Updated 3:14 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
How To: Save Money at the Gas Pump

Getty Images

With gas prices continuing to rise, drivers will want to get the most out of their tank.

advertisement

This article is sponsored by Michael & Son, the leading full-service plumbing, electrical, HVAC and remodeling company serving the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Learn more about Michael & Son at www.michaelandson.com. 

Let's take a break from the home and consider the car. It's no secret that gas prices are on the rise. After Labor Day weekend, the national average for a gallon of gas jumped to $3.80. 
 
Unfortunately, for most of us, buying gasoline is not a choice but a necessity. So let's take a look at several ways you can make it last, getting the most per gallon of gas you purchase at the pump. 
 
Lighten the Load
Rooftop carriers are great for adding extra storage space to your car but can be a huge drain on your gas tank. Consider this: A rooftop carrier can shave up to 5 gallons off your car's mileage! Instead, pack creatively and efficiently. 
 
Inflation Can Be Good! 
Keeping your tires inflated to factory specs distributes weight properly and saves you on gas. Make sure to always keep a tire gauge in the glove box and check your pressure weekly.
 
Bargain Hunt at the Pump
Unless your car manual demands it, avoid the more expensive types of gas. While they may have a few added benefits, they usually are not worth the added cost.
 
Don't Idle
An idling car is one of the worst offenders when it comes to unnecessary fuel consumption. Try to avoid idling whenever you can. If you are really serious about fuel efficiency, turn off your engine while stopped in traffic.
 
Coasting Is Not a Crime 
Stop and goes can be a real drain on the tank. When on the open road, try coasting as much as possible.
 
Say No to Ethanol 
Ethanol based gasoline stores less energy than pure gas. Avoid ethanol whenever possible.
 
Roll Up the Windows
Wind resistance requires your car to work harder and burn up more of your precious fuel. Cut down on drag by leaving your windows up and running the A/C anytime you are traveling at speeds upwards of 60 mph. 
 
These are just a few tips that can help you conserve gasoline while prices are up. Adopting these tips into your everyday routine wouldn’t be a bad idea, considering gas prices are not coming down anytime soon. 
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Join the Ride to Conquer Cancer
Join the Ride To Conquer Cancer, Sept. 13 Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out