Do you feel taken advantage of every time you fill up? You’re not alone. While we can’t control the price of fuel, the good news is you can make your fill-up last longer by being more intentional. Here are seven tips to get more bang for your buck:
- Drive smart. Don’t accelerate or break abruptly. Not only is erratic driving hard on your transmission, it can impact fuel efficiency. Also, cruise control is the way to go on the highway.
- Be strategic about timing of fill-ups. Did you know there are certain days and times when you’re more likely to get a better deal? Gas prices rise on Thursdays in anticipation of weekend travel and 10 a.m. is when most station owners make their price change for the day. So if you can, fill up mid-week for a better deal.
- Use technology. Apps like Gas Buddy are a great way to find the cheapest gas in your area.
- Consider a gas rewards card. If you drive a lot and generally go to the same station, it makes sense to get rewarded for your loyalty. For example, if you shop at Kroger and use their Plus Card, you can earn points to be redeemed for discounts at the pump.
- Take care of your car. For example, keeping your tires inflated and your air filter can improve fuel efficiency. That’s because when your tires don’t have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get anywhere.
- Carpool. Does a co-worker live nearby? Offer to split the commute. It’s better for the environment and will reduce wear and tear on your car.
- Invest in a more fuel-efficient car. Generally speaking, older models aren’t as efficient as newer ones. Also, smaller models won’t guzzle gas like large SUVs.