No one likes spending money on gas, but for those of us who rely on a car to get around, those high prices are mostly unavoidable. But there are ways to bring down the cost of gas for your car. We’ve given you lots of tips in the past, but here are a few more to make sure you’re implementing in your routine:
- Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute:
We’ve all been there. The gas gage is on E and you desperately need gas, so you pull into the closest gas station. And the closest station isn’t likely the cheapest station around. Figure out which stations have the cheapest gas and fill up before you dip below a 1/4 of a tank.
- Map Out Your Route:
Even if you know where you’re going, it can be extremely beneficial to check out a map of your route on your smartphone before you head out. Apps like Google Maps and Waze give you real-time data about traffic, road closures and other travel delays. So by checking this info out first, you can avoid unnecessary idling or detours that use up your gas.
- Earn Gas Cards at the Grocery Store:
Some grocery stores will give you gas rewards cards or points if you buy a certain amount of groceries. So use these to your benefit if you can. You won’t want to buy unnecessary things just to get “free” gas, but if you’re buying groceries you need anyway, you may as well earn some (actually) free gas.
- Use a Gas App:
The gas station that’s cheapest one week may not be the cheapest on the following week. So before you go fill up, check out an app like GasBuddy to find where the cheapest gas is in your area.
- Don’t Overload the Roof:
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that drivers who avoid hauling cargo on the roof of their vehicle can save up to 63 cents per gallon driving on the highway. If you plan on traveling with a large cargo container, consider attaching it to the back of your vehicle or stowing it in your trunk instead to save on gas.
- Use a Cash Back Credit Card:
If you’re the kind of person that can pay your credit card bill off in full each month, then take advantage of a gas rewards credit card. Some cards offer as much as 5% cash back at gas stations, and you can use that extra money you make to get free gas later.
Find more tips over at US News’ My Money.