How to save big at the gas pump

Jun 4, 2021 | Personal

Save at the gas pump
As you probably know, gasoline prices are the highest they’ve been in years. With supply issues and many Americans making more domestic travel plans this year, it’s easy to see why. While you can expect to pay more at the pump now compared to this time last year, there are still some things you can do to keep the cost of refueling down.

Change your driving style

The most impactful change you can make to save at the pump is to change your driving style. Avoid aggressive driving- accelerating quickly, driving above the speed limit, and braking quickly. These are the habits that cost you the most money and gas. Adopting a calm driving style can save you anywhere from 33%-38% on gas according to testing done by Edmunds

Choose wisely

Gas prices are up nationwide, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good deals locally. Choose gas stations with lower prices or rewards on route to your destination using apps like GasBuddy and GetUpside. If you’re planning a road trip avoid conveniently located stations because they tend to charge a premium compared to gas stations that may be just around the corner.

Avoid premium

Always check your owner’s manual to find out which type of fuel your manufacturer recommends, and if your car requires premium fuel, then, by all means, fill up. For most drivers, regular gas is perfectly fine for their car. Skipping premium will save you a lot of money over the long run so if you’re currently using premium when you don’t need to be, make the switch to regular and watch the savings stack up.

Increase efficiency

Believe it or not, there are a few easy ways to make sure your car is consuming fuel as efficiently as possible. Making sure your tires are properly inflated, reducing extra weight in the car, aligning your wheels, and tuning up your car are all great ways to increase your fuel efficiency.

Now that you know how to save money at the gas pump, we hope you’re putting those savings to good use. Whether you’re saving for a short-term purchase, or want to build a nest egg, Core Bank has the savings plan that is right for you.

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