10 Tips to Get the Most out of a Tank of Gas
Rising gas prices highlight the need to squeeze every mile out of a gallon of gas
Update, August 11, 2022: The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is now $3.99, a decrease of 7 cents from the $4.06 cited below. It’s the first time since March 5, 2022, that the price is below $4.
Earlier this year, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine rocked the petroleum market, and Americans saw the impact of the war in higher gas prices at the pump. Even as prices have fallen in recent weeks, the national price average of $4.06 a gallon for regular fuel is 87 cents more than a year ago, according to AAA. (The price peaked at $5.02 on June 14, 2022.)
Motorists will need to be mindful that commuting and road trips will cost more in the foreseeable future. Car shoppers should keep this in mind, prioritizing fuel economy in making their choice.
Now is as good a time as ever to fine-tune your driving strategies and techniques to maximize your fuel economy and ease the squeeze on your wallet.
Consumer Reports experts pulled together this series of test-proven tips to help drivers save money.
1. Stay at half. Keep at least a half-tank of fuel during cold winter months, and when there is a risk of shortages, say, due to a lack of gasoline delivery drivers to meet travel demands, or when a major storm or hurricane is imminent. This tip also goes for holiday road trips, when roads can be congested and slow-moving. Having plenty of gas onboard can ease stress and give you more flexibility with when and where you fill up.
2. Check online. Apps and websites such as GasBuddy can show local gas prices, making it easy to find good prices in your area or if you need to travel. Generally, gas stations well off major highways and away from city centers tend to have better prices, as do warehouse stores and some major travel centers.