Pay the Best PricesHere are some very useful links to help you find the best prices around the metro. The first step in saving gas money is to simply pay less.
Oklahoma City Gas Prices - Showing you the regularly updated time of the price spotting, this site allows you to report a great price if you find one. In addition, you can get prices from all over the metro and even national pricing charts.
Automotive.com's OKC Page - Automotive.com has a "lowest prices" listing for the metro area. Updated fairly regularly, although not usually on weekends it seems, the list includes rates for regular, premium and diesel fuels.
Gas Price Watch - This site allows you to type in a zip code or street address for anywhere in the United States. You'll then get a comparison list of gas prices in that neighborhood. There is no registration required, and the site boasts of over 120,000 volunteer price-checkers.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report - AAA's report will give you the current averages for gas prices across the metro, compared with the day, month and even year before. Is your corner gas station far above the average? This site is a very handy resource for comparison.
Reduce Your Gas UsageHere are some valuable tips to help reduce your gas usage. Taking great care with some of these suggestions can save you significant money in the long haul.
- Share Rides - Find a friend or co-worker who regularly travels to the same place, and carpooling can cut your gas costs in half. Find more than one... well, you can do the math.
- Clean Out Your Trunk or Truck Bed - Items of significant weight in your trunk or bed of your truck can, believe it or not, noticeably affect your gas mileage.
- Remove Roof Racks - This is another in the "believe it or not" category. If you're not using your roof rack, go ahead and remove it. The additional weight as well as the reduction in aerodynamics can actually make a big difference in gas usage.
- Leave For Work Earlier - For those who aren't morning people, this might be the most difficult of all. But avoiding heavy traffic, and therefore frequent idling in jams or at stop lights, can make a big difference on fuel economy.
- Reduce Highway Speed and Acceleration - Accelerating quickly from traffic lights increases your gas consumption, and traveling at a slower, more consistent speed on highways makes for better gas mileage.
- Get Better Fuel Economy - This step by step from About's Budget Travel Guide, Mark Kahler, will walk you through all the things you can do to maximize your car's fuel economy. Every little bit helps.
- Consider a More Fuel-Efficient Car - If you currently drive a gas guzzler or SUV but have to regularly travel long distances around the metro, you can save a tremendous amount of money be trading in for a more fuel-efficient automobile. This top 10 fuel-efficient cars from Aaron Gold, About.com's Car Guide, can help you choose the best one. Technology continues to improve, and cars today are getting better and better gas mileage.