Gas prices soar… what’s yours?

The biggest topic right now, besides Hurricance Katrina, is the raise in gas prices. I’m just curious to know how much it is where you live? It will be interesting to see how much it will raise (not looking forward to it).

And here’s 9 Money Saving Cheap Gas Tips:

Shop Non-Brand Name Gas Stations: Some non-brand name gas stations use the exact same product as the brand names. Save a few cents every gallon getting the same stuff.

Use the Right Grade of Gasoline: Some people believe premium grade gas is the best for cars. That’s a myth. Read your car manual to see what’s recommended by the manufacturer (many times they recommend regular grade.) Use the lowest grade recommended.

Don’t Top Off: Many studies have shown that the “top off” usually remains in the hose or is lost to evaporation. Don’t bother!

Avoid Sudden Stop and Go: Driving less aggressively WILL save you money. Rapid acceleration and braking burns more fuel and is harder on your vehicle. Using cruise control is the most efficient for gas mileage.

Tire Pressure: Driving on tires that are not fully inflated can cost you 10% or more in lost gas. Check your pressure once a month.

Don’t Drive a Gas Guzzler: Now that high gas prices appear to be here for a long time, consider trading in that SUV for a more fuel efficient vehicle. Hybrid engine vehicles are going to be the next big thing for the automobile.

Consider Carpooling or Using Public Transportation: Splitting gas among a couple of coworkers/students/friends is a great way to save money. Helps cut down on gas use, too.

Fill Up in the Morning: Gasoline is just like any other gas- it expands in the heat. You can save a few cents just by filling up during the cooler temperature in the morning.

Keep Your Engine Tuned: Poorly tuned cars have knocks which burn fuel inefficiently. This can cost you 10-20% more fuel. Check your vehicle’s maintenance record to see if your up to date.

5 Comments

  1. Avatar Erin said:

    David found another tip: Not using your AC only saves gas if you are driving under 45 with th windows down (or any speed with the windows up). Over 45 with the windows down causes a draft that somewhat hinders the car and causes more fuel consumption.

    September 2, 2005
  2. Avatar Erin said:

    The you two can carpool. I wish I had some friends to carpool with. No one lives near me. And soon I’ll be living out in the middle of nowhere.

    September 2, 2005
  3. Avatar beth said:

    It was $3.07 in Auburn this afternoon. I can’t afford it. I think I’m moving in with Lydia. I talked to her today about it.

    September 1, 2005
  4. Avatar La said:

    Good tips- Linda told me about the one of gas weighing more during the day so you get less for your dollar. Fill up early morning or evening when it is cool. All the rest are good tips too!
    Makes you rethink the moving situation?????

    September 1, 2005
  5. Avatar Erin said:

    I’m at $2.89. I bought it for $2.59 on Tuesday at Sams (who seems to have the cheaper gas most of the time). We have some areas of NC at $3.30! It costs me close to $40 to fill the tank on my little car, or it did on Tuesday, so I shudder to think what will happen. I won’t be able to afford it, especially since I’m getting ready to have a 1-hour commute for a little while soon. I think I’m going to cry…

    September 1, 2005

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