Ever since gasoline prices began resembling roller coasters, so many of us have been trying to figure out a way to get ahead of the curve. After years of trying to discern the patterns of rise and fall, I had to give up simply to preserve my sanity. Case in point: Just last week I was in the car with someone who had a cell phone app that notifies him before local gas prices increase. By the time we passed the first gas station less than 10 minutes later, the price had increased 20¢ per gallon. So rather than trying to predict the unpredictable, I have opted to do what I can to reduce the amount of gas I put in the car. I will be sharing these new habits with you through a new series called Pump Up The Savings.
The first tip is to make sure that your gas cap is on tight. Gasoline is very volatile, so the vapors escaping will deplete the volume of gas in the tank even when the vehicle is not running. This becomes all the more important as the outside temperature rises. A loose gas cap can result in a 10% reduction in mpg.
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