Recently, the Associated Press published my list of gas saving tips. With gas prices near $4 a gallon now I thought I would share a few of these again with you:
— 1. Drive slower and smarter.
Easing off the accelerator is a guaranteed way to reduce expenses. Every 5 mph you drive over 60 costs you an additional 24 cents per gallon.
— 2. Reduce idling.
Warming up a car engine in cold weather is one thing. Letting it idle needlessly outside stores, in front of a friend’s house or at railroad crossings is another.
— 3. Shop smarter.
Smartphones make it easier than in past years to find the best prices in a given location. Websites like GasBuddy.com and some GPS devices also help.
— 4. Fill up the tank midweek.
Gas up on Wednesday, or first thing Thursday. Prices are raised on Thursdays in anticipation of weekend travel. And 10 a.m. is roughly when most station owners make their price change for the day