Sticker shock at the gas pump is a big concern-especially for folks on fixed incomes.   There ARE steps you can take to cut your fuel costs:


  • You can get some good exercise and walk or bike, take the bus or train and, if you work, join a carpool.  Parents can carpool their children to school with neighbors.  Many companies with match employees with carpool routes!
  • Combine errands – map out a route and cover all of your errands at once.
  • Shop on line as much as possible.


  • Many gas credit cards offer discounts and rebates.  Some grocery stores give points with purchase – the points can be used to buy gas.  Some wholesale clubs offer discounted gas.
  • See if your gas station charges less on certain days of the week OR less if you pay with cash.
  • Fill up in the early morning or late evening – you will get more liquid gas and fewer vapors in your car.  Fill up at a quarter tank for optimal fuel injection and thus better mileage.  Don’t top off – the extra gas is often wasted.
  • Research the internet for the lowest fuel prices in your area.


  • Get your car serviced regularly.  Of particular importance are a clean air filter and a clean fuel filter.  Change your oil every 5,000 miles and use synthetic oil if possible.
  • Take the junk out of your car, get your tires aligned and make sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure.


  • Maintain a steady speed AT or BELOW the speed limit.  Use cruise control wherever possible.
  • Avoid idling, weaving and generally you will use less gas if you drive without your air conditioner on.
  • Avoid prolonged warm-up times and stop and start less – your foot on the brake means more gas used.

Cover & Rossiter helps our clients save money on taxes, investing, budgeting and expense planning.  Call us at 302 656 6632 or email us at to learn what we can do for you.

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