ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Can You Save Money at the Gas Pump

Updated on April 25, 2022

You would think that North America has the highest gas prices but it seems that countries in the European Union pay much more than we do as a result of higher taxes.

Over the years there have been many protests against the cost of going to the pump.

In 2000 there was a major protest in Britain. As a result, the government of the day postponed an increase in the fuel duty they were planning.

This lasted until December 2006 when the price of fuel was increased by 1.25 per litre in Britain.

In places like Japan, fuel costs are also higher than in North America as a result of transportation costs to get the fuel into the country and also taxes.

In countries that produce oil such as Venezuela, gas prices are well below market prices.

If you want to know where you will pay the most for gas for your car then you need to go to Hong Kong.

How to Save Gas with Eight Secret Tips

Can I Use a Lower Grade of Fuel?

Since gas prices are in the clouds again, you might think about using a lower grade of gasoline in your car. But is this a good idea?

Unfortunately using a lower grade of gasoline when it hasn’t been recommended by the manufacturer of your automobile just might increase your chances of having problems in the future.

Gasoline gets a grade based on how much it can be compressed before it explodes.

This is called the anti-knock index. The lower the grade, the lower the pressure it needs to explode.

Since gasoline has a low octane rating when it comes out of the ground, additives and other agents are added to raise its anti-knock index.

The gas you pump in your car is a mixture of several chemical compounds including detergents to clean your engine.

So the answer to the question regarding using a lower grade of fuel in your car is that using a lower grade means that the engine compresses the fuel mix with compressed air and it explodes before it is supposed to.

This results in a “knock” and this can lead to all sorts of problems including spark plug failure, loss of engine power, low mileage, and in some cases, engine damage.

Double Your Gas Mileage

Don't Pay for Gas

Converting your car to run on electricity is actually much easier than you probably think.

You don’t have to be a mechanic or have any knowledge of cars for that matter to convert your car to electric. And you don't need to spend a lot of money or time either.

Thousands of people just like you, with no technical knowledge, have already converted their gas-guzzling cars to electric. It's true!

The technology to run your car on electricity has been proven to work time and time again.

When you convert your car to electric, you slash your gas costs to zero, reduce pollution, and even get paid by the government (receive tax refunds) for driving a clean fuel vehicle.

The best guide – by far – that teaches you everything you need to know to convert your car to electric.

Some Ways to Save on Gas

There are a number of excellent ways to save at the pump. The list below is some of the best ways to save.

▪ If you can, by a hybrid powered car.

▪ Turn off your air conditioning.

▪ Buy a car with a manual transmission – they are a lot more fuel efficient.

▪ Use cruise control on the freeways.

▪ Shift to neutral or turn off the engine when stopped in traffic or waiting for someone.

▪ Reduce the weight by keeping the car and trunk empty of heavy items that you don’t need.

▪ Drive slower!

▪ Shop for lower priced gas – not all gas prices are the same.

▪ Avoid heavy traffic if possible and areas with lots of traffic lights.

▪ Get regular tune ups.

▪ Make sure the tires are well inflated.

▪ Remove snow tires as soon as possible.

▪ Use the correct grade of motor oil for your car.

▪ Replace your air filters when necessary.

▪ Use your headlights only when necessary.

▪ Drive less – carpool to work and combine trips when shopping.

▪ Fill up when you are almost on empty – gas weighs more than you think.

My Gas is Better!

The next time you buy gas you might want to consider how much marketing goes into getting you to the pump.

Oil companies hire marketing companies to advertise their products and get you to think that what you are buying is the best for your car. But is it?

Chevron claims that their gas is fortified with Techron and then Amoco says their product will help to save the planet! The truth: gas is gas.

Certainly, there are additives that can help clean your car’s engine, however, all gas companies add them to their fuel.

The government has required gas companies to add detergents since 1994 to help prevent fuel injectors from clogging.

The good news for consumers is that brand-name gas isn’t any different from other gas.

And if you think that since Shell or Exxon Mobil have their own refiners they only have their gas at the pump, think again.

They share pipelines and therefore they share the same fuel.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)