Monday, October 29, 2007

As Oil Costs Soar, Tips for Saving at the Pump

With oil prices reaching record levels, who doesn't want to get more out of their gasoline dollar at the pump?
What follows is an email sent to me from some friends. Frankly, none of us can verify these tips for getting the most at the gas pump. But, it seemed worthy of a new post.
By the way, I've heard discussion lately that there's is a "psychological barrier" to oil prices breaking the $100 a barrel barrier. Traders and market pundits like to talk about that kind of stuff. Don't believe it. Oil can and will break the $100 per barrel mark and then it's off to find a new "psychological" benchmark.
Anyway, check this out. Who knows, maybe it will save us some money?


Fill up your car or truck in the morning when the temperature is still cool. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground; and the colder the ground, the denser the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you're filling up in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel(gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is temperature-compensated so that the indicated gallon-age is actually the amount pumped.
A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don't have temperature compensation at their pumps.

If a tanker truck is filling the station's tank at the time you want to buy gas, do not fill up; most likely dirt and sludge in the tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car's tank.

Fill up when your gas tank is half-full (or half-empty), because the more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it's warm. (Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating 'roof' membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation.)

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while you are pumping.
Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank, so you're getting less gas for your money.

Do not top off your gas tank, when the pump shuts off, do not keep trying to add more gas..................a friend who owns a gas station says that by doing this, you are actually giving the next customer a $1.00 worth of gas. The gas you pump stays in the hose and never makes it to your tank.