More than 35% of Americans are thinking of buying a plug-in or hybrid for their next car. The reason? Among others, the price of gas, of course.

You already know the obvious ways to save on gas, like don’t ride through the town aimlessly, but there are less known methods that will save you of some good bucks and you can start applying them immediately.

1. Drive normally

Of course you want to get home faster, and of course that traffic jams are a total headache. But angrily accelerating can cost you lots of money. Kelli Grant, consumer reporter for SmartMoney.com informs that “If you peel away from a traffic light like you’re in the Indy 500, you’re going to pay for that.” More than that, if you accelerate slowly when green lights appear, you can cut fuel from 27% to 35% according to a test by Edmunds.com.

In fact, on the Automatic Transmissions’ blog, we find out that “hard accelerations are inefficient at any speed.” So you can keep this in mind next time you want to fly on the road. A moment’s impulse will literally cost you money.

2. Save 5-13% with Gift Cards

This method will automatically help you save on gas more than you think. There are a lot of sites where you can purchase them, like RelayExxon, or GiftCardGranny. So instead of paying the whole $115 bill, you’ll be able to pay $100,1 if you get the 13% off. Now think about how much you can save in a month.

3. Buy Gas Only on Weekdays

This strategy can save you some good money if you learn the rules. According to Chris Faulkner, the CEO of Breitling Oil and Gas, “ prices rise on Thursdays in anticipation of weekend travel” and that usually “10 a.m. is when most station owners make their price change for the day. Unless it is an emergency, do not buy gas Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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4. Buy It In The Morning Or Late, at Night

Let’s continue to plan how to strategically save up as much as you can. Gas is cooler when it’s colder and denser. This means that the best time for buying it is early in the morning or late at night.

During the day its density will fall therefore you’ll buy less of it.

 

5. The Easier It Gets, The Cheaper It Gets

We all tend to forget or simply put a lot of stuff in the trunk, in case of emergency. But this can add a lot of load to the trunk and on the long-term will add to the gas bill as well. So empty it of absolutely anything that doesn’t need to stay there.

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6 Find the Cheapest Gas in your Area

How, you may ask. I’ll gladly tell you.  You can download any of these 2 apps that will show you where to buy the cheapest gas and how to avoid traffic jams in your neighbourhood. AAA Triptik and GasBuddy are really helpful to save a good percentage of time and money throughout your day.

All these brought together can help you save on gas up to even a few hundred bucks per month, depending on how often you are on the road. The happier you’ll be if you start tracking the bills before and after using these techniques.

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