The prices of gas always seem to be going up, and if you are running a car, you have probably felt powerless to the increases. Most people accept these increases and adjust other financial costs to cushion the damage. Rather than shaving off other parts of your budget to cater for these increasing costs, here are some practical ways that you can actually save money while you are at the gas station.
Avoid Filling Automatically
It is likely that when you want to fill up your tank, you place the petrol pump nozzle into the car’s petrol tank and wait for it to cut off once it has filled up. The petrol pump has a return pipeline. What this means is that when the level of the petrol tank in your car reaches full capacity, there is a mechanism to trigger back excess gas into the pump. However, the returned gas has already been read by the meter, and that means that you are donating gas back to the dealer. To make a saving, you should manually control how much gas you put into the tank, and stop the pump yourself when you realize that the tank is full.
Fill your tank up in the morning
It is advisable to fill up the tank in your car early in the morning when the ground temperature is still low. This is because service stations have their storage tanks underneath the ground. When the ground is cold, the petrol is more dense, and it expands with a rise in temperature, and often, the coldest hours are at the break of day. So if you buy your gas in the afternoon, your gallon is not exactly a gallon.
Do not be in a rush
When filling up, make sure that you do not squeeze the nozzle to the maximum or fastest mode. If you look at it closely you will notice that the trigger has three stages; Low stage, Mid-stage and High stage.You should be pumping on the low stage to minimize the vapors created while you are pumping. These vapors are considered as fuel by the meter. As all pump hoses have a vapor return, these vapors will actually be sucked up redirected back into the underneath storage tank when you are pumping at the maximum speed. Though the meter registers you have pumped gas, you will receive less than expected.
Wait until the Gas Tanker Offloads
When you find a gas tanker offloading gas into the storage tanks underneath, do not stop to buy gas since the petrol stirs up while being delivered. If you buy the stirred petrol, you might pick up dirt that usually settles at the bottom of the tank which might even sum up to a quarter gallon of sediment. The meter will read the whole mixture as gas, but you will spend more and get less of this commodity. In addition, you could cause damage to your car as well.