(FinancialHealth.net) – If you cringe every time you stop at the gas pump, you aren’t alone. In fact, that may be one of the few things just about every American can agree on. No worries though, we’ve got a few “gas hacks” that can help you out.
Get a Gas Price App
Gas prices are variable thanks to constant changes from the oil companies and added federal, state and local taxes. The price of gas varies across the country — even from town to town and sometimes from one street to another. The good news is there are several apps you can use to find the best prices in your area.
Waze: The main function of this app is to give driving directions and share traffic conditions, but it also shares gas prices at stations along your route. All traffic and gas price information is updated by the app’s community of users.
GasBuddy: This app uses GPS to find gas stations and prices near your current location. You can also link it to your checking account and use it to pay for your gas, earning a discount of up to 5 cents per gallon. This app also crowdsources gas costs.
Gas Guru: Data from the Oil Price Information Service is fed to this app to help you compare the price per gallon at different stations. You can also ask for directions to the nearest station and find out what other amenities are available.
Lighten the Load:
The lighter your vehicle, the less gas it takes to move it around. Be sure to avoid storing heavy items in your trunk or towing things with your vehicle as much as possible. Clearing the excess junk out of your car can help improve your gas consumption.
Inflate the Tires:
You can enhance your gas mileage by up to 3 percent just by making sure your tires are inflated to the recommended settings. Check your user manual or the chart inside your car door for the proper ratings. Tires that are properly inflated not only help you save gas, but are safer to drive on as well.
Whether it’s a classic muscle car or the latest hybrid, it’s smart to put forth the extra effort to save on gas. It gives you a cost savings advantage and makes you a more savvy driver.
Use these strategies to save money at the pump and you might even get more enjoyment out of driving in general. Start saving now, because there’s no telling when prices will rise again — or how high they’ll go.
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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