Gas has gone up more than 40 cents in the last month. The national average now sits at $3.54 a gallon (AAA). If you’re concerned about how to stretch your gas budget, here’s 5 ways to that you can save money at the pump:
#1 Buy Gas at Night or Early in the Morning. Gas stations store their gas underground, and it’s denser when the ground is cold. So you actually get slightly more gas for your money if you stop by the station before the ground heats up.
#2 Try to Hit the Pump Midweek. Gas prices tend to rise slightly on Thursday, then drop back down on Tuesday or Wednesday.
#3 Don’t Get Gas Until You Need To. It’s heavy, so driving with a full tank burns more fuel. But don’t drive around on fumes either . . . it can mess up your fuel pump.
#4 Don’t Use High-Octane Gas If You Don’t Need It. Some people still think high-octane gas is good for their low-octane cars. You really don’t need to shell out for it unless your car is a high performance vehicle that specifically requires high-octane.
#5 Don’t Drive Aggressively. According to the Department of Energy, 60 miles per hour is the most fuel-efficient speed on the highway for most cars. According to a recent article on MSNBC.com, speeding can cost the equivalent of between 21 and 71 cents per gallon.