If you want to get the most out of your petroleum budget, there are some tricks you might want to know about. Of course, there are vehicle-based items you want taken care of first when trying to stretch your gas; things such as driving at reasonable speeds, keeping your car in good tune and keeping your tires inflated. But once you have those covered, there are some gas buying tricks too. Here are four you should know about:
Time your fill-ups
Ready for this? Hitting the pump after midnight or before dawn may save you some cash. What most people don’t know is that some gas stations hike their prices up during the day to capture those who are in a hurry but once traffic slows after midnight they drop their prices to attract as many customers as possible. While it isn’t worth waking up for, it might be worth doing if you work odd hours or are driving through the night.
Also try to buy your gas on Wednesdays, as some gas stations hike their prices up at the start of the week and from Thursdays forward to make money off those leaving for weekend trips. And try to avoid buying gas on holiday weekends or the days leading up to them, as that is when gas prices are often boosted.
For gosh sakes, get a gas card
If you haven’t signed up for a gas card, do it. Many of the national chains offer considerable savings when you are a member. This one is a no brainer.
Avoid filling-up when you see a tanker truck
The underground fuel tank that holds all of the gasoline for a gas station is quite similar in certain ways to your gas tank. Over time it will form a layer of sediment at the bottom and some water will condense there. When a tanker truck fills up a gas station’s tanks, the junk at the bottom of the stations tanks can get stirred up and it may get pumped into your tank. Most gas stations will say this is impossible due to filtering and such but it has been known to happen.
Get a gas app
This final tip is a good one to consider, especially since modern gas apps like GasBuddy give one increasingly accurate fuel costs, gas stand locations, and bonuses for reporting fuel price changes. These apps also give drivers the ability to shop around in advance on long road-trips, calculate overall fuel savings for the entire journey, and schedule stops for refilling along the way. If you have a smart phone and you travel a lot, consider a good gas app.
Source: Urse Honda Used Cars