At the time of writing, the average price of gas is $3.56 per gallon in the DFW area and shows no sign of decreasing any time soon. Since we’ve all got to keep filling up regardless, here are some tips to help keep the damage to your bank balance to a minimum…
Know When to Buy
Fill up your car with gas as soon as you hear that prices are going up. Most people do the opposite, but since gas prices have been known to jump up by as much as 40 cents per gallon in a single day, it often pays to buy now.
Find a New Route to Work
Avoid heavy traffic and lots of traffic lights as constant breaking and accelerating burns gas quicker. What used to be the shortest route may not be as fuel efficient as it used to be. Use cruise control when it’s safe to do so. This eliminates acceleration, and may also help you avoid a speeding ticket.
Location is Key
Price discrimination makes it easy for some gas stations to hike up their gas prices even higher. For example, gas stations off the highway often get away with charging up to 30 cents more per gallon.
Pump It Up
Keep your tires inflated at the level recommended by your auto manufacturer. This will reduce the contact area of your tire to the road, which will in turn reduce the friction. This not only helps improve the longevity of your tires – it also helps to slightly improve your gas mileage.
Carpool! Coordinate ride shares with other parents for soccer practices, or consider trading off driving days with a co-worker who lives nearby. Another idea is to run all your errands in a single outing, rather than making multiple trips. Not only will this save you a load of gas, you’ll be helping out the environment too!