This Auto Gas Savings Super Page contains a growing list of money saving tips from our readers to help you save on Gas for Your Car!
If you have a tip related to saving money on gas, please leave it in the comments below and we’ll review it for posting on this page.
Lighten the Load
You can get improved gas mileage by keeping your car lighter. Every 100 pounds of unnecessary stuff, like clothes, books, sports equipment, tools, etc is like carrying an extra person around, all the time—and decreases gas mileage by about 1%. Don’t carry unnecessary weight in your car. Empty the trunk of all but emergency supplies. Cynthia Ortiz – Dallas, TX
Gas for Less
I just read your gas savings page on-line and wanted to tell you how we save on gas. I drive a diesel, but my wife’s car is gas. We both purchase our fuel at a gas bar that is owned by a grocery chain. We get 3.5 cents off a liter of our fuel which is given to us in the form of a coupon that we use to purchase groceries. Presently our gas is selling at the equivalent of $4.16 a gallon ($1.04.9 a liter), so any amount of discount we can get is welcome. Bob Tarrant – Nova Scotia, Canada
Save Gas – “Leave” and “Be”
Here’s my best way to save gas — Leave early and Be organized. I gather the things I need for the next day and put them by my purse. I also leave early for any appointment or trip and thus I am less likely to speed which saves me gas and a possible $200 speeding ticket. This money saving tip costs you nothing but a little bit of time. Donna Korzun – Dowagiac, MI
Three Gas Savers
1) Try checking mileage with and without cruise control. I have found that driving on a long trip in moderately hilly country without cruise control is better for fuel mileage. Allow the car to slow a little going up hills rather than insisting on maintaining a set speed as a cruise control will do.
2) Buy a new car with a standard transmission to save about $900. As a bonus, the acceleration and fuel mileage will be better. Shifting gears in the city is not difficult.
3)Slow earlier for anticipated stops. Red lights can often be anticipated on a known route. This not only saves fuel but brake linings too. Walt D. – Fullerton, CA
Organize your errand runs so that you aren’t going out everyday. And when you do go out make sure that you don’t back track and waste gas – especially at today’s prices. Think about taking the most efficient route so you save gas and time. Sandy Linden – Phoenix, AZ
Find Cheap Gas Easier
Know the least expensive gas prices in your area – an patronize those stations. Go to GasBuddy.com to find the least expensive gas in your area — US and Canada only. Steve & Annette – Scottsdale, AZ
Map to Gas
Go to Mapquest, click on the gas icon at the top of the page, enter your zip code, and a map will appear showing the gas stations with the lowest prices in your area.You can do the same thing with GoogleMaps and GasBuddy.com. Justice Studebagel – Albuquerque New Mexico
AAA Gas Savings
AAA has a better gas station locator http://gasprices.aaa.com/ at the bottom center of the home page is Latest Gas Prices link. Enter your zip code and it will show you a map of the stations AND list their prices. That way you can decide if driving across town to the cheapest station is worth the gas if a station nearby is more expensive by only 1 cent. Bob H. – Chandler, AZ
Plan Your Trip
AAA has a website where they calculate distances, your vehicles gas mileage and gas prices so you can better guess-ti-mate how much your driving trip will cost.
Visit FuelCostCalculator.com Ron P. – Peoria, IL
3 Ways to Get Better Mileage
- Tires – Keep your tires inflated at manufacturer specified levels.
- Drive Conservatively – Avoid “Jack Rabbit” starts and racing into red lights. Look ahead and drive carefully.
- Cruise Control – On open roads use cruise control
I normally ride the bus to work, because I work downtown and would never want to park. At times, I fool around, maybe sleep in a little, and I got used to driving about 2 miles and then catching the bus the rest of the way. I thought, “I get 25 mpg, so that 2 miles cost me maybe 30 cents.” Not true! I’d get out the door in a hurry, sometimes I was chasing the bus. I was listening to Car Talk on the radio and heard a quote that really hit home, “When you are coasting downhill, your gas mileage could be infinity, but when you’re hitting the gas either going uphill or jack-rabbiting, you’re probably getting about 1 or 2 miles per gallon. What you get on a full tank is just an average.” No way do I want to continue representing that, so now my car stays in the garage until I get home, and then I resist taking it unless I have to, since I live walking distance to many businesses, including the gym, library, and the grocer.
Lattina – Colorado Springs, CO
Get a diesel car – they use far less fuel. Mark Dowling – Leicester, UK
11 Gas Saving Ideas
- Buy a different car: If it’s time to replace your old car, buy a more fuel efficient one. Alt fuel vehicles and hybrids are great options too.
- Organize errands: Don’t run out just to go to one store. Plan an efficient route so you can make several stops in a short amount of time. If you have time, call a friend and see if you can pick up something for them too.
- Home Work: Work from home whenever possible.
- Work Close to Home: It took Steve a few years to find a job close to home, but it cut about 40 miles of driving each day.
- Nothing on top – Carrying a load on top of the car creates drag. If at all possible keep the outside of your car free from protrusions. Some experts say that this will save 5% on your gas mileage.
- Have a budget – save money in advance for gas and other categories – get our June 04 issue for an article on how to start a budget that works for you.
- Save in other places – You may need to reduce expenses in other areas to make up the difference.
- Walk or bike to near by locations
- Carpool to work – many large companies (100 employees or larger) have programs to encourage car pooling and may even help with expenses.
- Use Public Transportation – some companies subsidize your costs. Students get discounts.
- Share rides to kids activities – look at the club or team roster and find families who live in your area. Cooperation and helping neighbors makes America great!
Get Cheap Gas from Grocers
Price Chopper, Sunoco Launched Fuel AdvantEdge in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
I’m a new “devotee,” and wanted to pass something along to people who live in the NE where Price Chopper Supermarkets are located. Price Chopper and Sunoco have a promotion going that’s fantastic. For every $50 you spend at the market, you earn a 10 cent per gallon discount on gas at Sunoco. I went on a big stock-up trip tonight and spent $165, earning 30 cents off per gallon for the next 30 days (of course there are some other limitations, but it’s really like getting f*ree m*oney). If I spend more over the next month, the discount will increase. We’re going to run our gas tanks dry then fill up and take advantage of the savings. Hope some folks find this helpful!
Editors’ Note: Our research indicates that this program started in 2006 and continues to this day. Other grocers which we have seen with similar discount programs include:Safeway — including: Dominick’s, Von’s, Tom Thumb, Randall’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions and Carrs, and Kroger, including: Ralph’s, Fry’s, King Sooper and more. Sue – USA
Winn Dixie stores that are mostly in the southern part of the country have a program. when you buy groceries there for every 50 spent you save 15 cents per gallon and you can save it all month and get gas for free depending on how much you have on your card. The last time I went I saved 85 cents off of the gallon. Gas was $2.45 a gallon before the discount. It has to be used at the end of each month but it does help. Right now it is only good a Shell station but they are trying to get other companies to get in on it too. M.K. – Orlando, FL
Holiday times are better because you can purchase gift cards at Giant Eagle and for a limited time for every $50 in gift cards purchased, you receive .20 off per gallon of gas. Spring Ashmore – USA
If you are a hyper-miler or know of other ways to save money on gas, please leave your tip below as a comment and we’ll review your comment and post the best ones here.