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Tips for the Pump

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It’s July,  it’s summer and it’s travel time.  Whether you’re going on the great American road trip or just visiting family three hours away for the Fourth, the price at the pump can put a damper on the trip.

“Prices this July 4th holiday weekend are the highest since 2008, when they peaked at over four dollars a gallon,” Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy Corporation, said. “But even with the

Iraq crisis, which has spiked gas at the pump almost a dime in the past month, it’s still about 40 cents per gallon less than 2008 thanks to an abundance of supplies due primarily as a result of the fracking boom.”

The average price of gasoline is around $3.66 a gallon and here are some tips on making that trip less costly.

DO replace the air and fuel filter before a long trip. A clogged air filter can decrease mileage by up to 10 percent.

DO fill up on Wednesday or Thursday before 10 am. Gas prices rise on Thursdays in anticipation of holiday weekend travel.  10 am is when most station owners make their price change for the day.

DON’T buy gas Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

DON’T USE the convenient gas station on the side of the highway as you drive home from work which can be up to $.15 more per gallon.

DO use self-service gas station and look for gas stations where paying cash costs the same as using a credit or debit card.

DO park in the shade. Gasoline evaporates right out of your fuel tank, and regardless of season, will do so quicker when you park in the sun.

DO Plan your route in advance so you can travel at a constant speed as much as possible. Avoid driving through big cities in rush hours and take routes that bypass construction zones if possible.

DO keep your windows closed when driving on the highway. Open windows can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 10%.  In stop-and-go traffic, open the windows and turn off the air conditioning to save more money.

DO use the lowest grade of gasoline recommended for your vehicle. In most cases, higher octane gas is a waste of money, and octane has nothing to do with the quality of the gas.

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  • cw

    very good info

  • Jeralan Minnick

    Great tips. I learned some ways to save.

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