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I got a forward about how to save money on gas – I don’t know how much these things actually help, but with the prices of gas up so high, I’m willing to try anything. The national average is at $3.29 per gallon for regular and about $4.20 for diesel – OUTRAGEOUS!! Us folks with one average income are really feeling the price increase – being a stay at home mom is getting pretty expensive (but it’s still worth it)! I remember being able to fill my 1973 yellow Volksagen Fastback’s tank for less than $20 about 6 or 7 years ago. Those were the good ‘ole days…
Anyway, this forward claims to be written by an employee of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in San Jose, CA. He gave the following tips for saving money on gas:
- Only get gas in the early morning when the ground temperature is at its lowest – gasoline is more dense at colder temperatures so you will actually get a full gallon. If the temperatures are higher and the gasoline less dense, the gallon you’re paying for is actually less than a gallon.
- Pump gas at the slowest mode possible – don’t squeeze the trigger as hard as possible. Pumping slowly minimizes the vapors that are released, which somehow affects the amount of gas you’re actually getting. (I don’t claim to understand this one…)
- Don’t wait until your tank is on empty to fill up. Fill up at half full so that there is less air in your tank for the gasoline to evaporate in.
- Don’t get gas when a truck is filling the underground storage tanks – everything gets stirred up when the tanks are being filled so the gasoline has more of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.
These sound like legitimate tips to me – I hope they help you spend less on gas!