As the price to fill up a vehicle continues to climb there are some simple steps you can help take to make sure you’re getting the most out of that tank of gas.
And there’s no end in sight. USA Today reported that drivers can expect the high price of gas to last for months.
Consumer Reports has published a list of recommendations that could cut back on your fuel consumption and stretch that full tank of gas a little longer.
The publication suggests first downloading a gas station app or websites like GasBuddy, Gas Guru or even AAA.
Google Maps and Waze can work too, as they share gas-price information.
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But keep an eye on the location of the gas station. While a cheaper price may be offered, the drive to the pump may cancel out any savings, Consumer Reports said.
Second, be aware of discounts depending on how you pay for gas.
Cash may be cheaper than credit cards at some locations on average 10 to 15 cents a gallon.
But if you have a cash-back card, you may make more than a higher per gallon fee so make sure you crunch the numbers.
You can also fill up at wholesale club stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, but to see a discount, you usually have to be a member, USA Today reported.
Some grocery store chains such as Kroger and Giant grocery stores offer fuel points that are earned when grocery shopping that can be used at either their branded gas stations or their partner stations.
Several gas station companies also have loyalty programs that cut the cost of a tank of gas, USA Today reported.
Third, lay off the gas pedal. By going a little slower, you won’t burn as much gas. Stay below 75 mph on a highway some suggest.
“Reducing your speed to 65 on the highway can increase fuel economy by as much as 15 to 20 percent,” Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, told Consumer Reports.
Also, instead of a bunch of mini trips, plan out where you’re going, see if you can make multiple stops during one outing and if you can, avoid rush hour. You may even want to park the car and walk or use public transportation.
If you do decide you must drive, check your tire pressure. By having the tires properly inflated, your car will run more efficiently.
Also, make sure your car is properly maintained for peak fuel efficiency, USA Today reported.
You also don’t need to haul all the stuff that you have stashed in your trunk or truck bed. Remove what you don’t need and lighten the load.
You lose fuel efficiency for every 100 pounds of stuff you carry in the vehicle, Jack Gillis, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, told USA Today.
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