As news circulate of fuel shortages and increases all around the world, you may be wondering how would you be able to afford to drive if pumping gas is becoming a luxury.
Short of commuting via bicycle, gasoline and diesel price increases are going to affect everyone. This is either directly when pumping gas or indirectly via price increases for products and services.
You may not have any control over the increases of products and services, but you are responsible for how it affects you directly.
Here is a short list of tips on pumping gas that should help lessen the impact of any future increases in gasoline and diesel.
5 Helpful tips on pumping gas to help you save money
1. Buy gas when the place is cold
Only fill your vehicle in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. All service stations have storage tanks buried below ground.
The colder the ground the denser the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening the gallon you just paid for is not exactly a gallon.
A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
2. You should be pumping gas on low mode
When you are filling up your gas tank, do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you take a look you will notice that the trigger has 3 stages: low, middle, and high. You should fill up on the low mode.
This would minimise the vapours that are created while you are filling your gas tank. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour.
Those vapours are being sucked up and goes back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.
3. Wait for your tank to be half full
Fill up when your gas tank is half full. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air is occupying its empty space.
Gasoline evaporates faster. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimises the evaporation.
4. Look out for the fuel truck
Do not fill your gas if there is a gasoline truck pumping gas into the storage tanks. If you fill your tank during or shortly after a visit by fuel truck you would most likely be filling up with gas that contains sediment stirred up as the gas is being delivered.
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5. Service your vehicle
Remember you should service your vehicle regularly, ensure that all filters are changed in accordance with manufacturers specifications.
Also, ensure that your tyres are at the correct pressure, as this too can affect fuel consumption and mileage and end up costing you more in the long run.
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