Beat the Gas Pump Blues with a Few Tips:

gasprices2Fuel prices always rise during the Summer traveling season, but even when costs are not that high, you can take a few measures to reduce the money you pay for gas, so you can spend it on the trip! Of course if you have suggestions for other money saving ideas, share them with us.

Here are some tips to help you spend less money at the pump:

  • Find the cheapest of gas prices on websites like GasPriceWatch.com, AAA or GasBuddy.com.  Remember though, the cheapest gas is not always a great bargain! Always shop at reputable companies, you will have peace of mind on long road trips knowing that you have quality fuel in your tank.

  • If you have a grocery or membership card that gives fuel discounts, use it. For example, A King Soopers or City Market Card will also save you at least 3¢ per gallon at their gas stations as well as Loaf N' Jug, some Shell stations and more. Safeway, Costco and Sam's Club have similar programs. First visit your favorite store's website, then check your route to see where these stations are, then plan your gas stops accordingly.

  • Cruise Control can save you big time when highway driving will help you keep a consistent speed and conserve gas.

  • Know how far you can get on a tank of gas and how far the next town is. This is crucial to enjoying the scenery; if you are stressed about whether or not you can "make it", the trip will be far less enjoyable for everyone. You can also save quite a bit of money if you can fill up in a larger town. Smaller stops generally cost more per gallon.

  • Be mindful of the speed limit. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is equivalent to paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. 

  • Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money. 

  • Enjoy a Train Ride through the mountains:

    - Manitou & Pike's Peak Cog Railway

    - Royal Gorge Route Railroad

    - Georgetown Loop Railroad - April - Dec

    - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

  • Remove unnecessary heavy, bulky items from your trunk, less weight uses less fuel and improves performance. (Do not remove your spare tire to save gas ... further explanation should not be necessary!)

  • Avoid packing heavy or bulky items on top of your car, this restricts the vehicle's design wind resistance and will lower your mpg.

  • If you have Over Drive, use it. When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed (RPMs) goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.

 

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