Saving Money at the Pump – Vacation ready!

As summer approaches I’m sure everyone is eager for their summer vacation. But with vacations, comes more driving, and whether you’re driving a

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short distance to the airport or making a cross country trip, everybody wants to save money at the pump. So Community Bank of the Chesapeake, along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is here to give you some bumper-to-bumper tips to help you get the most mileage out of your gas.

  • Use Technology. Nowadays, we are blessed with the power of technology. Using your smartphone is one of the best ways to shed a few cents off your gas prices. There are several apps that can tell you the locations of the best gas prices in the area!
    • If you are going on a longer trip, it would be smart to research ahead of time and plan your route. That way you can scout out the most practical stops to get the cheapest gas.
  • Gas Rewards card. Consider getting a credit card that offers cash back for gas purchases. Some offer two to five percent rebates, just make sure you are aware of the fine print (any fees, interest etc.)
    • Also, many grocery stores are connected to gas stations with reward points. For every $ amount you spend buying groceries, a necessary purchase, you could be earning gas money. Look for stores and stations that offer these deals to save some extra money. It is amazing how much it can take off.
  • Drive efficiently. There are a few simple things you should be aware of while driving that will help increase your gas mileage and save you money.
    • First, avoid unnecessary idling. When you start your car, drive. If you are going to have to wait a while, turn your car off.
    • While driving on the highway, don’t speed. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. According to Feuleconomy.gov, each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas. Use cruise controls when you can to help improve your fuel economy.
    • Minimize breaking and “jackrabbit” starts. By being mindful of turns, traffic lights and other traffic, you can avoid the hard braking and starting and in turn, increase your gas mileage.
    • Remove excess weight from your cars. Obviously, sometimes this can’t be avoided, especially if you’re going on a longer trip, but eliminating unnecessary weight will contribute to an increase in gas mileage.
  • Tune your car. Keeping your car running efficiently can go a long way to saving you money at the pump. It’s the small things such as keeping your tires properly inflated and aligned. Changing your oil regularly and keeping your engine tuned and ready. Tuning your engine according to your owner’s manual can increase gas mileage by an average of four percent.
  • Extra fun tips. Trends exploit that the best gas prices pop up in the middle of the week. Get your gas on Wednesday versus the weekend, to save a few cents. Look around your local gas stations and see if you notice this trend too!
    • Fill up early in the morning versus later in the day. Warmer weather actually expands the gas in your tank and cool air shrinks it. So, if the weather is warmer there is actually less space in your tank. By filling up early, while the weather is still cool you can get more gas for your money.
    • Don’t tip off. Instead of continuing to pump after the nozzle has automatically stopped just put it away. You are paying impractical cost when you do this because gas nozzles are fitted to take extra gas and cycle it back in the pump, even though you have already been charged for that gas.

Hope you’re now vacation ready and able to save a few bucks at the pump!

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