6 Ways to Save Money on Gas

Feeling a bit uneasy about the cost of gas lately?  Gas prices have reached an all-time high this March.  We are brainstorming ways to squeeze a few more miles per gallon out of your vehicle or shave off 10 to 20 cents per gallon at the pump.

Now, let’s look at some ways to cut down fuel costs! Here are sixtips to help those who have ever wondered how to save money on gas.

1. Carpool or take public transit

If you take turns driving with friends to and from work, you’ll all use less gas and save money. Plus, you will all spend less time behind the wheel in stressful situations. If your city has reliable public transit, consider using it to save.

2. Download apps to compare prices

Some apps, like GasBuddy and Waze, allow users to report gas prices in real-time. With all the data coming in, drivers can make informed decisions about filling up.

3. Join a fuel rewards program

Some gas stations have fuel rewards programs that allow you to save at the pump. You also might be able to save on gas with a grocery store membership like Costco or Kroger. Imagine saving 10, 20, or 30 cents just by buying eggs, bread, and other household essentials. Score! 

4. Buy a vehicle that gets good gas mileage

If you drive regularly and are considering purchasing a new ride soon, look for a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Think of it as a long-term investment. Even if you pay a little more now, you’ll save money in the long run. If you look at hybrids or electric vehicles, you might be able to save even more.

5. Lighten the load

Think about how long it would take you to run down the street. Now, think about how long it would take you to do the same thing but with a heavy backpack. Even though your car has an engine and weighs several thousand pounds, extra weight can slow it down and cause it to burn more fuel. In fact, the EPA says your fuel efficiency drops roughly 1% for every 100 pounds you add to your car. So, while there are certain things you want to keep in your trunk year-round, take out those old golf clubs you never use or those clothes you forgot to donate.

6. Drive efficiently

Rapid acceleration, braking, and speeding can all lower your gas mileage. Try to stick to the speed limit as much as possible. Cruise control can help you maintain a steady speed and save you gas when you’re on the highway. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, using the right gears can improve gas mileage.

At VelaPoint, we want you to save on all expenses you may have, from gas to health and accident coverage. We are here for you. Call 855-548-0727 to speak with a licensed agent for a free comprehensive needs analysis, compare your options and enroll in health and accident insurance.