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Tips to get the most out of a tank of gas

With the price of gas maintaining at a national average of more than $4 a gallon, many are looking for ways to get the most out of each tank.

Consumer Reports, a nonprofit member organization that shares information on the marketplace, created a list of 10 ways to maximize gas every time you head out on the road.

  • Keep at least a half a tank so you will have flexibility if there are shortages
  • Check online when you’re looking for where to fill up
  • Minimize travel
  • Obey speed limits
  • Drive evenly, avoiding hard acceleration and braking when possible
  • Pay attention to aerodynamics by removing roof racks when they are not being used
  • Buy good-quality gas
  • Skip the premium gas
  • Check your tire pressure
  • Skip the use of air conditioning
Evan Bergstrom pumps gas Thursday, March 10, 2022,
Evan Bergstrom pumps gas Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Broadmoor Heights Convenience store in Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)


Gas May be Cheaper in the Morning

The early hours of the day are the best time to pump gas, but the reason may not be what you’re thinking. Some people argue that buying gas when it’s still cool outside gives you a bigger bang for your buck because gasoline is denser in colder temperatures. While this is true, the difference is so slight that the savings are insubstantial.

However, there’s another reason to buy gas in the morning, especially if prices are on the rise. This is because gas station owners and managers usually update their pricing for the day between 8 am and 10 am. You could get away with buying gas at yesterday’s lower price if you make it to the pump before work in the morning.

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Some look to public transit, other transportation options

As prices began to rise this spring, Camilla Cluett started to look for alternatives to commuting across Denver by car every day. 

She initially tried going out of her way to fill up at cheaper stations like Costco, but that drive took an extra 20 minutes, burning crucial fuel and time. She now tries to take an RTD train to her job at Meow Wolf in the city’s Sunnyside neighborhood at least three times a week. 

“It’s very convenient,” she said. “But if I’m working the closing shift, I still have to drive because the train doesn’t run late enough.”

Public transit ridership in the Denver area has seen a slight increase in ridership over recent months, but it remains below pre-pandemic levels. Metro area residents took 4.8 million trips via bus or train in March — a 42 percent jump over the same time in 2021, according to RTD’s latest ridership figures.

However, it’s difficult to directly connect higher ridership numbers to higher gas prices, said Christina Zazueta, the agency’s community engagement manager. 

“There are so many factors affecting ridership that it is difficult to arrive at a direct correlation,” Zazueta said. “It is more complicated than gas prices. Factors affecting the answer include seasonality, weather, service levels and the opening of new lines, for example.”

There is likely some relation, she added. When gas prices spiked in 2008, ridership also saw a jump. 

“But it was not as dramatic as one might expect,” she said. “The idea that gas prices and ridership are highly interrelated was gutted in 2014, when gas prices fell but ridership stayed about the same.”

Colorado’s electric car and plug-in hybrid sales are also seeing a steady increase, signaling that buyers have a stronger appetite for EVs. 

Those types of cars made up 8.6 percent of new vehicle registrations in the first quarter of 2022—up from 5.6 percent the year before, according to the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. 

Still, new EVs remain too expensive for many buyers. Supply in the new vehicle market also remains tight due to chip shortages and delivery delays. 

Cluett said she thought about looking into EV options, but her budget ultimately won’t allow for it this year, she said. 

“I am not in a financial place to be buying a new car,” she said. “And if I had the disposable income, I would want to do lots of research first, so I’m kind of stuck.” 

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A sign advertises regular unleaded fuel for $4.99 at a gas station in downtown Denver, Monday, June 6, 2022.

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