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source: gasbuddy.com

How to save even more on gas, prices and drive efficiently

Let me show you how to save even more on gas while the gas prices have been long time low these days.

Find some Japanese secrets of driving efficiently with your cars.

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How to save even more on gas prices

Believe or not, gas prices can change drastically in just 18 months.

According to the following gas price change graph from gasbuddy.com, you see the gas price dropped almost 45% from $3.68/Gallon down to $2.00/Gallon!!! 😯

gas-prices-chart
source: gasbuddy.com

What does this mean to all of us???

Car travel is once again becoming affordable!

How to save even more on gas, check gas prices first

Instead of the per gallon prices, let’s shift the gas price change talk based on how much I actually spend to fill on my car so that we can see how big of a change this could make.

I drive a Japanese sedan, and if I fill up full, I usually pay something like $25. This is based on the gas price of $2/gallon with my car’s gas tank of around 13 gallons.

When the gas is expensive like 18 months ago, it could have cost $45!!

Due to my daily commutes, I usually fill up every week.

The saving of $20 each time is big!

Think of it this way…

This will make nearly $80 saving in a month, and nearly $1,000 in a year!

You could almost take a vacation with this.

How to adapt to the gas price changes

Gas prices are something that we as individuals can’t easily change, and as such, we have to take actions on what we CAN control.

Since we are heavily dependent on cars in the area I live in, it’s always good to know how to save on gas.

I can think of fairly common sense ways of smartly saving on gas. Many of these are also executed by Japanese drivers.

  1. Do not accelerate or stop quickly/suddenly.
  2. Keep the engine RPM to be around 2500 RPM as maximum.
  3. While stopping, accelerating, and in gear change timing with stick shift cards, do not rev up the engine unnecessarily just because it sounds “cool”.

Furthermore,

4. Do NOT fill up on weekends. Tuesdays/Wednesdays tend to be cheaper in a week.
5. Since gas evaporates easily, fill up when the outside temperature is low, like early morning, especially in summer.
6. Try to prevent gas stations that are close to highway exits. In many cases, gas stations farther away from near highway entrance can be more than $0.10 cheaper per gallon.

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I and my wife used to own a 7-11 franchise. We learned “how to run a 7-11 business”, basically the 7-11 management strategies for 6 weeks.

In the U.S., many 7-11 gas stations have gas pumps. Therefore, I pay attentions to gas prices and various locations. 😎

The 7-11 franchise store we operated was very close to a highway, and the market competition was very tough that we almost wanted to cry…

The point is that even if the gas price is only 1 cent different from other stores, our sales for the day changed quite a bit.

This tells us that consumers like are very sensitive to gas price changes.

How do you like these gas saving tips?

These are something you can easily do on a daily basis.

Here’s one of my how to save gas results:

I used to get something like 26 miles/gallon on my car.

After executing these items, I now usually get 30+ miles/gallon.

This may not seem much, but it does get bigger saving in no time.

Take home items

Remember, the key is to save constantly, not just once!

This means you have to be able to reasonably do these without much effort.

I remember the time more than 18 month ago that this price hit or went above $4/gallon.

That was just insane painful!!

Here’s a trivia you might find interesting:

Gas or gasoline in Japan?

In Japan, people call car’s gas as “gasoline”. If you call as “gas” there, that typically means “natural gas” instead.

Anyhow, Japanese use cars even though the actual distance they travel in car may be rather very short compared with what we normally drive for commuting, etc.

Japanese use kilometer (km) instead of mile as their unit.

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