The value of oil in modern society cannot be overstated. It is bizarre to think about; oil is often called “fossil fuels” because it comes into existence as a result of a chemical process that takes millions of years and turns old organic matter into a highly combustive liquid. Modern society essentially runs on dead dinosaurs.
And not only does it run on these dead dinosaurs, but people live and die by this fuel. Wars are fought over it. Laws are made and broken to maintain its value, and new sciences are pioneered in order to find more. And all the while, the average person is dependent on it in order to go to work, or school, or even just out to dinner.
In short, it is important that you know how to save money on gas. And this guide will help you do just that.
Get Gas Earlier in the Week
This is a strange tip that always pleasantly surprises people. The fact that gas prices change just about every day is known to everyone, despite how weird it is that it is the case. You would probably be worried if bread changed prices every day. But this does mean that there is an exploitable pattern to the price changes.
Gas generally costs less earlier in the week than nearer the weekend. This is because as the week goes on, people are either making preparations for, or outright going to events that they have scheduled on the weekend. This means there is greater demand on the weekend, and therefore less on Monday and Tuesday.
Get gas on Monday and Tuesday and you will almost always be paying less than other days of the week.
Keep Your Tires Inflated
This tip makes a lot of sense if you think about it. You see, saving money on gas is essentially a problem of energy efficiency. In physics, energy efficiency is all about getting as much output from a system as possible relative to the input given to make the system run. This framework is pretty relevant to the efficiency of gas.
If your tires are more inflated (though you should avoid inflating them above 10% higher than their recommended amount) they will carry your vehicle easier. Carrying your vehicle easier means that less energy is required to keep your vehicle moving. Less energy means less gas is used to get the vehicle moving.
Drive Slow and Careful
Of all the tips on this list, this is the least attractive one. It goes by similar principles of keeping tires inflated, but instead of using less energy by having a better system, this method has you using less energy by just having you use less energy.
Consistently going under 45 miles per hour will improve your gas mileage tremendously. This is because the increase in fuel required to get your car moving faster and faster is more exponential than it is linear. In short, the amount of fuel it takes to go 50 miles per hour for an hour is more than double what it takes to go 25.
As you can tell, saving money on gas is all about fuel efficiency. So, drive safe, drive slow, and get that money.