As you may have seen during your Spring Break sojourn, gas prices are on the rise. As a matter of fact, gas prices have gone up 15 cents over the past 15 days…and as you would expect, they are probably going to continue to go up, as we get closer to a summer.
Regardless of whether they call it a change to the “Summer Blend”, trade index prices, supply and demand, the pain at the pump will hit us soon. While are looking at $2.47/gallon in Burlington and Mount Pleasant for regular, which is about $.10 below the state average. Be glad you aren’t in California. Los Angeles prices are averaging $3.79/gallon and Chicago is around 2.97/gallon.
So what can you do to lower your gas expense, as the prices go up? Glad you asked:
- Avoid gas stations near highways. They have easy to see signs and usually are very convenient to get to and get back on the road, but their prices aren’t always the best because of the easy access
- Buy you gas either early or late in the day. When it is in the middle of the day, since gas is a liquid, it expands as the heat of the day warms up everything. That said, if you fill up at the coolest part of the day, you are most likely to get a few more ounces.
- And while you are at the pump in the morning, the best suggestion is to fill up (or top off) between Sunday and Wednesday. Typically, gas prices change on Wednesday…and during this time of the year, that change is a rise in price.
- Set your cruise control. Not only will it help you avoid the long arm of the law, it will also help your car consume gas a constant amount of gas…extending the life of your tank of gas.
- If you can, gas savings apps will help and some even have a gas savings card that could save you $.05/gallon on top of the $.20./gallon searching for the right gas station could save you. (Some Apps: GasBuddy, AAA, Fuel Finder, Gas Guru)
- Tire Pressure is a great way to make sure you are saving gas. If the tires aren’t inflated to the proper levels, you will lose gas milage
- It seems like a no-brainer, but making sure you change your oil. If your car isn’t running with the best oil, you could not only damage the engine, but you could also be lowering your gas mileage.
- Believe it or not, overfilling your tank doesn’t give you more gas mileage to your tank.
- Tighten the gas cap. Fumes can escape and, as you already know, gas fumes are still fuel.
- Park your car in the shade. If you have a garage, use it. It sounds like a no-duh moment, well, it works. Do it. You could save a lot of gas when you start up the car and crank up the AC, which puts an extra strain on your engine, as it uses more gas.
Hope that helps. If price go up another 15 cents over the next couple of weeks, we could be pushing $2.75/gallon by June. Though that price is unlikely, but you never know. Like the Boy Scouts motto, be prepared.