Six Expert Tips on How to Save Gas Amidst Record Prices at the Pump

By Jonathan Spira on 9 March 2022
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Drivers are paying record prices at the pump now, and the cost of a gallon of gasoline is expected to increase even further following President Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports.

The average price of gas in the U.S. rose by $0.10 per gallon from Monday to Tuesday, hitting a record $4.17 cents per gallon. Meanwhile, the price of benchmark U.S. crude oil spiked to more than $129 per barrel Tuesday, an 8% boost, and that figure is expected to increase in the coming days.

There are, however, steps that drivers can take to reduce the impact that higher fuel costs has.

Here are six tips that drivers can follow to save fuel until such time as prices fall.

1.)       Don’t drive around town to find the cheapest price.  That not only wastes fuel but eats up any savings.  Instead, look up prices on websites such as GasBuddy, a service that tracks such information reasonably accurately, before filling up.

2.)       Check tire inflation.  Make sure that your tires are inflated to the pressure indicated on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door when opened.  Not only is proper inflation a good way to ensure better fuel mileage, it is also important to getting the most wear out of your tires and avoiding flat tires.

3.)       Drive less aggressively. Rapidly accelerating from a stop, rapid braking, and speeding waste gas and cut fuel economy exponentially. Experts say that drivers see a decline of 1% to 2% in fuel economy for every mile per hour they drive over 55 mph (88 km/h), mostly as the result of aerodynamic drag, which increases by the square of your speed.

4.)  Don’t be idle.  Avoid idling for more than a few minutes.  Your car’s engine can consume up to half a gallon (1.9 liters) of fuel for each hour it sits motionless with the motor on.

5.)       Regular or premium? If your vehicle runs on regular, use it as there is no real gain by using premium.  However, if your vehicle manufacturer recommends premium fuel, using regular will actually lower your fuel economy.

6.)       Park + Ride.  If possible, drive to a commuter Park + Ride lot to go into the city center and use public transit for the rest of the journey.  Not only will the trip likely cost less than the amount of fuel you would have used, you won’t have to pay any tolls either.

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