The majority of us run our vehicles using a gasoline engine. Most of us also don’t think a lot about it apart from how expensive it is. Any gasoline station though will show you that there are differences not only in price but in the type of gasoline you are buying.
Various additives are put into gasoline fuel to help make them burn more efficiently or cleanly. Shell gasoline will contain slightly different additives and in different proportions to say Exxon Mobil gasoline. Each will have their own grades too. This is important to some people, but not to others. Gasoline price remains the major reason people may choose one type of fuel over another.
Gas stations advertise their prices clearly. When there is occasionally a drop in gasoline prices they may even advertise on the radio. Many people will drive for miles to get to a gasoline pump that has been first to drop its prices, or is last to raise them. Unless the difference in price is quite dramatic it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to use up any savings you might make by using fuel to get there and back. Other people are quite happy just to use their local gasoline station and be done with it.
There are some advantages to using the same gas station or at least the same brand every time you fill up. Because of the additives used each fuel mix will be slightly different. If you have a modern car it doesn’t make difference, but for those driving older vehicles it has been shown that mixing fuels makes for more wear on the car. It is more economical and better for your vehicle to stick to one brand.
Many people have discovered the benefits of using a gasoline card to make savings. Most gasoline credit cards offer around 3% to 5% cash back rewards. Rates on these cards can change quite regularly though, and pricing, benefits, terms and conditions are all variable. As with anything else it pays to look around before settling on one particular gasoline card.
Still the most effective ways to save on gasoline are to: use a small economical vehicle, try to drive less often (not always possible), drive at 55 mph maximum, check your tire pressure and keep your car in good condition with regular servicing so fuel is not wasted.