When the price of gas keeps rising,
and the amount which we have to spend each month seems to decrease,
then the consumer may wonder if there are any savings on fuel bills
that can keep him out of the red. There are a few ways to make large
savings on fuel bills, but if you cannot afford to change your car,
and are unwilling to change your routine, then there are still ways
in which you can grab back a few pennies from the gas stations.
If you have a credit card which
offers savings on gas, you can make savings on fuel by using it at a
gas station, and collecting points, in a similar fashion to frequent
flier savings. Obviously, this is only a sensible choice if you have
no serious debits, and you should pay in cash at stations that
charge extra for credit cards. On the same principle, some gas
stations offer some kind of membership option, with savings
benefits. There are also some grocery stores which will give you
discounts at their pumps when you shop in their store.
Although your car may come with a
recommended fuel, you will find that your vehicle will manage
perfectly well with a cheaper gas solution. You can also make
savings on fuel by using the lowest octane gas which your
manufacturer recommends. Higher octane gases do not increase car
efficiency in most consumer vehicles; and if you want a little of
the higher octane in your tank, then you can mix it with a lower gas
in order to keep your costs down.
Don't fill up your tank until you
have to. Obviously having to run down to the gas station in order to
put some in a carton isn't economical, but driving with less in the
tank means less weight for the car to haul around, and also means
that you can wait to fill your tank on other days.
If you know there is a public holiday
around the corner, buy sooner rather than later. Filling up your
tank the week before the holiday means that you can avoid the
price-hike which always occurs at that time, and make savings on
fuel that holiday makers won't be able to avoid.
Choose your gas station wisely. You
may want to observe your local gas stations for a while, since a
station that seems low to start with may raise its prices suddenly.
All gas stations which are near big roads, and those in high-income
areas, or near sight-seeing locations will charge you more for your
If you drive a pickup-truck, close
the tailgate. There are some who think that it makes the car more
aerodynamic when the tailgate is left down, but in fact, when the
tailgate is up, there is less of a drag. Of course, using a cover is
the best way of eliminating drag factor.
Parking your car as soon as you see a
spot will also help you to save money on your fuel bills. Driving
around in circles, looking for that spot right near your workplace
makes you hot and bothered, and uses up more fuel; it's better to