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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Great Ideas to Help Keep Your Price at the Pump to a Minimum
With gas prices reaching $4 a gallon this spring, and no relief in sight, here are some helpful tips and strategies to help keep your fuel bill to a minimum:
Search for the best price
Mapquest Gas Prices Type in your location, and the search engine reveals a map with gas stations arranged by price. Also, you can search for local alternative-fuel options.
GasBuddy This network of over 181 gas-price websites in the U.S. and Canada is updated by consumer price-watchers. Search by state, province, or city—or enter your U.S. zip code—and you'll receive a list with the lowest price first.
GetMobio Get a list on your cell phone of gas stations near you, sorted by price. Simply sign up on the Web for this free service.
Plan your trip
AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator Approximate the cost of your trip in gas based on distance, regional gas prices, and the make, year, and model of your vehicle.
Increase Fuel Economy
FuelEconomy.gov One-stop information on hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles, plus suggestions on how to stretch your gas dollars.
Clean MPG An online cooperative for people who want to get more miles per gallon and reduce vehicle pollution, plus the latest news stories and busy forums.
Tips and Strategies To Save on Gas:
1. Do not use gas stations on highways, near highway exits, and near airports
2. Do not use gas stations in expensive neighborhoods
3. Fill your tank with regular unleaded fuel
4. Purchase gas at independent gas stations
5. Fuel up in the middle of the week, when it's cheaper
6. Inquire at your hotel, inn, or B&B if they offer gas rebates or discount gift cards
Be more fuel efficient:
1. Clean out your trunk and pack light when traveling—heavier cars use more fuel
2. Do not use roof racks—they can decrease fuel economy by 5 percent; use your trunk instead
3. Use cruise control—steady speed means less gas is used
4. Do not idle your car
5. Maintain full tire pressure—softer tires increase fuel use
6. Use air-conditioning sparingly; it quickly wastes gas
7. Windows and sunroofs create drag; keep them closed
8. Keep the engine tuned, and replace the oil and air filters on a regular basis
Online courses are now available to educate drivers on the rules of the road and the latest defensive driving techniques. Try it today!