The Texas heat is already here and with it comes higher gas prices. Check out these 5 simple tips for saving money this year on gasoline!
1. Find Fuel Rewards Programs
One of the surest ways to save money at the pump this summer is to sign up for a fuel rewards program. Some gas stations offer special rewards for repeat customers. Some grocery stores may offer points programs that save you money when you fill up on the pumps in their parking lots.
Also, one of the only serious bonuses of having a credit card is a fuel rewards program, which can reimburse you for your gas purchases with points and credits that you can use for a whole host of purposes. Check to see if your credit card issuer offers any similar programs and take advantage of them ASAP.
2. Buy Gas at the Right Times of Day
This tip may sound like superstition, but it's true that the time of day matters when you buy your gas. If you buy in the middle of the hot afternoon after the sun has beaten down on the fuel reservoir all day, that gas has probably expanded.
When fuel is less dense, you get less from the pump for more money. In the cool air of the morning and evening, you're guaranteed to save a small amount of money and get more gasoline for it in return. Shop smart!
3. Keep Track of the Best Prices in Your Area
Whether you're in a small Texas town or a major city, gas prices fluctuate from area to area -- and sometimes from one street to the next!
Remember, it may not be worth it in the end to drive across town just for cheaper gas. The back and forth trip to the gas station may end up costing you more than had you just paid a few cents higher nearby.
4. Fill Your Tank All the Way
The moment you find a gas station with great prices, it's wise to stop and get as much as your tank can hold.
Because if you only put in $10 or $20, rather than filling up, you will run out of gas faster. By the time you need to put more gas in, prices may have already risen. This takes more time out of your day and more money out of your wallet, so keep your tank full as much as possible.
5. Drive Efficiently
You may love feeling the road and your surroundings fly past you in your fast car, but driving at excessive speeds is not only dangerous, it can also drain your fuel. Because speedy driving increases drag on your vehicle, more gas is used to compensate for the extra effort it must put in to maintain those speeds.
Another way to keep your tank as full as possible is to never sit around in your car with it turned on -- especially if you have your air conditioner blasting. The summer may be blisteringly hot in Texas, but you should seek an in-door shelter other than your car to stay out of the heat. If not, you'll use up the gas you could have used for driving.
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