16 easy tips to save money on gas prices -- by the Editors of Internet ScamBusters
16 Easy Tips to Save Money on Gas Prices
With the summer driving season in full swing -- and high gas prices at the pump -- subscribers have been asking how they can save on gas.
In last week's issue, we mentioned one excellent resource that lets you compare and find cheap gas prices at different service stations online. Visit if you haven't yet.
So, what else can you do to save money on gas prices?
Here are 16 more suggestions on saving money on gas prices:
1. Always keep your car tuned up and in good repair. We've all seen cars driving down the road that leak gas -- what a waste! A poorly tuned car can use up to 25% more gas.
2. Avoid buying higher octane gas than your car requires. Higher octane gas is more expensive, and if your car doesn't need it, you're wasting money.
3. Keep your tires properly inflated. This can make a huge difference in your gas mileage -- up to 6% loss for every single pound your tire is under-inflated. Check your tire pressure frequently, especially if your tires have a tendency to lose pressure.
4. Consider getting steel-belted radial tires, since they can pay for themselves over time. They can increase gas mileage up to 10%.
5. Remove snow tires after the winter season, since they require more fuel.
6. Don't carry unnecessary items in your car. Every 250 extra pounds eats up an extra mile per gallon. Another good reason to clean out the trunk...
7. You might want to buy your gas at the wholesale clubs, like Costco and some Sam's Clubs. You can often save over 10 cents a gallon. Or, if you don't like the wholesale clubs, get a gas credit card. You'll get a 1% to 5% discount when you buy that brand of gas.
8. Save money with self-service whenever possible. And pay cash if there is an extra charge to use a credit card.
9. Don't let your car idle, either when you warm it up or when you are at a standstill. If you're going to be standing for more than a minute, running your engine wastes more gas than restarting the engine.
10. Buy gas when it's cooler during the day (like the early morning or at night) to reduce gas evaporation.
11. This surprises a lot of people, but don't over-fill your gas tank. You don't want the gas to slosh out or evaporate.
12. This is probably obvious -- but slow down. Most cars are less efficient at higher speeds. You'll save 2 miles per gallon driving 55 mph rather than 65 mph. That adds up.
13. Another obvious suggestion is to drive less. Combine errands, carpool, and plot out your route beforehand to avoid backtracking whenever possible.
14. Develop good driving habits. For example, accelerate gently, maintain a steady speed rather than speeding up and slowing down, and avoid slamming on the brakes.
15. Keep your windows closed when driving on the highway. Open windows can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 10%. In stop-and-go traffic, open the windows and turn off the air conditioning to save money.
16. Rent fuel-efficient cars when you travel. Research and find reasonably priced places to buy gas before you leave, especially if you'll be driving a lot.
Finally, here's a bonus tip:
17. Consider buying a car that gets better gas mileage when you choose your next car. This can save you a great deal of money over time.
Now that you're done with this article on gas prices, click here to return to Internet ScamBusters Issue #83 about Nigerian scams.