It seems like every year around vacation season, gas prices soar. Recently our part of the country has seen gas prices as high as $4.09 a gallon! Not good for thrifty travelers. Not good at all! We are trying to decide on our vacation destination this year. The final decision will likely be decided based on how far away it is and if we can afford the gas prices.
It’s time to learn the best ways to use less and spend less on it
By using these Gas Saving Tips!
Fill up in the cheaper areas
Did you know that some states tax their gasoline more than others? For us, it’s cheaper to buy gasoline in Oklahoma than it is in Kansas. It’s also cheaper to buy it in the city rather than rural communities. Take note of where the cheaper gas is and plan your trip accordingly. If you need to do a little research, go to this site:
Tune up your car
Be sure that your car is ready for a long trip. Make sure the oil and air filter are changed for best fuel efficiency.
I know it’s easy to go really fast so you can get there already, but if you’re not flying along at 80 mph, it’ll be cheaper. Speeds between 30 and 60 have been known to be the most cost effective so long as you’re keeping a steady, even speed.
Use Cruise Control
This will help to keep your speed even, so you’re not speeding up and having to use that gas pedal a lot. The more you use your gas pedal, the more gas you’ll consume
Avoid Leaving Your Car Running
How many times do you leave the car on while sitting waiting on your fast food purchase? Or what about in the parking lot? Roll down your windows and enjoy some fresh air. Save that gasoline for the real travelling!
Use Lower Octane Gas
Most cars do not need a higher octane gas for great performance. Only use higher octane gas if your owner’s manual for your car specifies it.
See Also: Eat Cheap While Travelling and 54 Ways To Save Money On Gas!
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I use GasBuddy app on my smart phone to find gas stations with the best price.
Sidetracked Sarah says
Oh yeah? Great idea. I've heard of that before, but I've never had a smart phone (gasp I know), so I've not been able to try it. Thanks for sharing!
i use the gasbuddy app too! its fantastic! you can list stations by distance from your location OR by price! submitting prices that are incorrect helps others – it always gives the time since the last submitted gas price, so you can try to make decisions based on that time amount also because these days an hour later the price can be different!
the GOOD news is that you dont NEED a smart phone if you want to check it out from a computer: https://gasbuddy.com/
theres a lot on the website, even a trip cost calculator!