Cheapest Local Gas Prices

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Let’s face it. Gas prices probably won’t be going down anytime soon.

The good news is that it is very easy to find the cheapest local gas prices to you.

While it may be easy to think that the local gas prices are relatively static they do vary from each business location. Usually if gas stations are right across the street from each other then there won’t be that much of a price differential, if at all. However if you look at what the prices do across a particular city then things can change significantly.

Try this example: Find the cheapest local gas price to you using the map above or the zip code form to the right. Find the most expensive gas price in your zip code. Then find the cheapest local gas price. Here is an example:

Lowest Local Gas Price: $4.19 (Ouch!)
Highest Local Gas Price: $4.75 (Double Ouch!)
Difference: $.56

Once you have the difference, mutiply that by how many gallons are in a tank of fuel in your car:

$.56 * 20 gallons in a tank of fuel = $11.20 saved on each fill up

Now lets figure out the yearly savings, assuming one fill up per week:

$11.20 * 1 fill up per week * 52 weeks per year = $582.40 saved in a year just by picking the right gas station!

What if you have two cars?

Bump that up to $1,164.80.

Could you find a better use for $1,164.80 in a year? I know I could!

Take a look at the historic gas prices for the past 10 years below. Notice a trend?

Yearly Unleaded Regular Gas Price Per Gallon

YearPrice
2012 (projected)$4.37
2011$3.57
2010$2.83
2009$2.40
2008$3.29
2007$2.84
2006$2.61
2005$2.31
2004$1.89
2003$1.60
2002$1.38
2001$1.46
2000$1.52
1999$1.17
1998$1.07
1997$1.24
1996$1.24
1995$1.15
1994$1.07
1993$1.07


Since 2012 hasn’t completed yet, the following tables show the monthly breakdown of the most recent average gas price by grade of gasoline:

Monthly Unleaded Regular Gas Price/Gallon

MonthYearPrice
August2012$3.66
July2012$3.37
June2012$3.46
May2012$3.64
April2012$3.83
March2012$3.77
February2012$3.51
January2012$3.33
December2011$3.22
November2011$3.33
October2011$3.40
September2011$3.57

Monthly Unleaded Mid-Grade Gas Price/Gallon

MonthYearPrice
August2012$3.78
July2012$3.48
June2012$3.56
May2012$3.75
April2012$3.95
March2012$3.88
February2012$3.63
January2012$3.44
December2011$3.33
November2011$3.44
October2011$3.51
September2011$3.67

Monthly Unleaded Premium Gas Price/Gallon

MonthYearPrice
August2012$3.93
July2012$3.63
June2012$3.70
May2012$3.90
April2012$4.10
March2012$4.03
February2012$3.79
January2012$3.60
December2011$3.49
November2011$3.65
October2011$3.81
September2011$3.86

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Tips On How To Save Gas

Use the Cruise Control. Constantly pressing and backing off of the gas pedal is another way to burn more fuel than you need to.

If you drive a truck, get a bed cover. Since trucks are about as aerodynamic as a cardboard box, anything that you can do to reduce drag can help you increase your mileage.

Avoid excessive idling. It actually only takes a tiny amount of fuel to start your car again. Some cars will burn between a quarter to a half of a gallon of fuel when they are idling.

Replace your spark plugs. When was the last time you had your sparkplugs changed? If you can't remember, then you probably need to have them replaced. Over time sparkplugs can lose their sparking ability and cause the engine to run more rough than it should.

Get any extra weight out of the vehicle. Is your trunk full of stuff from your last trip from the storage unit? Remove anything non essential, like those cinder blocks that were left in the trunk to give you some better traction in the winter. Doing this can save a percent or two in fuel costs.

Stay under the speed limit. While this isn't the most fun way to drive, it is actually the most fuel efficient. Each car has a speed where it reaches the maximum fuel efficiency. Once that speed has been hit (usually around 50 MPH or so) efficiency starts to take a nose dive. You can find the optimal speed by seeing what the minimum speed is at which you can go in your top gear. This change in behavior can save you as much as a third of your fuel costs if you really have a lead foot.

Make sure your tires have the correct pressure. Underinflated tires can remove up to 3% of your gas mileage. Not only that, underinflated tires can cause a blowout or other unsafe condition.

Keep your car in good shape. Cars that are not running properly can degrade your mileage as well. Frequently correcting any issues with the performance of the car can yield you a few percent or more depending on how serious the issue is with the car.

Use the right oil. If your car's manual calls for 5W-30, then use 5W-30. Using the incorrect oil can cause the engine to run hotter because there is more friction which the engine needs to overcome requiring more gas to be burned.

When you park on a hot summer day, park in the shade. Parking in the sun will cause the car to heat up more requiring more gas to be burned to cool the car back down.

Carpool. Ask around where you work and see if anyone lives nearby. This is a quick way to cut your commute costs in half or more, depending on how many people with whom you carpool.

Keep a log of how much you have been driving. In order to keep track of how much you are saving, note when you fill up and how many miles that you have gone. This will help keep you focused on doing those things which save you gas.

Get a manual transmission. Ok, so this one only really applies if you need to get a new car and don't want to go the hybrid route. Manual transmissions can allow you to sqeeze more efficiency out of your engine.

Don't bother with drive throughs. They basically just waste gas while you are waiting and idling, especially during busy times of day.

Remove that roof rack when you aren't using it. Roof racks are great for carrying things like bikes or kayaks. Unfortunately if you leave the roof rack on all the time all it really does is add drag from an aerodynamic perspective, causing your engine to burn more fuel to compensate.