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Gas is cheap right now, but you can still save more!

Gas prices have been falling for awhile now, but that’s no reason waste cash by not thinking about how you fill up your fuel tank.  There are some easy little tricks to make sure you get the best bang for your buck when you’re filling up the tank.  These may not add up a huge savings every time you fill up, but they’ll add up over time.  That makes a big difference to cheap frugal guys like me!

Trick 1:  Fill up the tank early in the morning, before the ground temperature has a chance to come up (I know- it’s winter, but remember this one for later!)  The fuel storage tank is buried in the ground, and the cooler the fuel, the more dense it becomes.  Warmer fuel is less dense and the pump isn’t smart enough to adjust for that, so that gallon of fuel you buy in the afternoon or evening may not be exactly a gallon.

Trick 2:  Don’t dispense the fuel as fast as you can.  By not pulling the trigger on the pump all the way back, it will minimize the vapors that are created while the fuel flows into your tank.  If you create too much vapor, it will be captured by the vapor return on the pump and returned to the underground storage tank.  I know it’s not much, but it was metered and you’ll have to pay for it.

Trick 3:  Don’t wait until the tank is empty to fill up.  A fuel tank that’s only 1/2 full has less air occupying it, and that space will very quickly turn to gasoline vapor and evaporate during the fill up process.  Again, I know it’s not much, but yes, I am that cheap frugal…

Trick 4:  This one isn’t really one that saves fuel, but it can really save some money in other areas (like filters!).  If you see the fuel tanker truck pumping fuel into the storage tanks at your gas station, you may want to wait awhile before you fill up.  When the fresh fuel flows into the tanks, any sediment or dirt that may be in the bottom of the tank will agitated.  Everything will be fine once it settles back down to the bottom- there’s no reason to put dirty gas in your car.

Even if you are very careful about the fuel you put in your car, sometimes you just can’t tell.  If you do end up with a problem or a clogged filter of some sort, contact the Woody’s Automotive Service Department and chat with a qualified technician.