The weather is warming up and once again the demands for fuel are SKYROCKETING!
As the climate heats up, gas prices in Philadelphia, PA continue to rise and have crossed the $4.00 mark. Millions of Americans are fed up w/ the cost a daily commute comes to at the end of a week. A few years ago, I made a rule for myself to never spend more than $20/wk on fuel. Recently I upped the amount to $25 because $20 barely give me a half tank. I rarely fill up, joy ride or even drive for long distances unless it’s absolutely necessary. My solution is to stop driving altogether or invest in a motorcycle (at the expense of increasing the risk of road injury).
A boycott wouldn’t work in this age, so all we can do as consumers is to try and make the best of it. Here are a few tips on pumping gas to keep in mind to make the most out of every tank:
Fill in the AM – Tips on pumping gas
Metals condense in the cold and expand from heat; gas is the same way. Every fuel station has its storage tanks underground, probably because it would be too dangerous to store it above ground.
Then again, to know that you have a giant bomb under your feet at every gas station is a bit nerve-wrecking, but because it’s stored underground, its temperature and density changes w/ it.
The colder the ground is, the more dense the gasoline will be. The hotter, well the opposite obviously and since gas expands with higher temperatures, filling up when it’s hotter out decreases the amount of fuel you’re actually getting for your dollar.
Think of gas as a thick, gooey substance when it’s cool and a thin, runny liquid when it’s warm. Overnight that thin, runny liquid condenses and becomes thick and gooey. Therefore your needle, which was on F, is now mysteriously a few notches beneath.
So, for the first tip on pumping gas, during the hotter months, fill early in the morning when the temperature is at it’s lowest of the day.
Pump SLOW – Tips on pumping gas
When gas moves too fast, it begins to vaporize. If you pay attention to the nozzle, you will see that the trigger has three stages: low, med and high. By pumping in the slower low position, you will reduce the amount of vapors that are generated while you are pumping. The vapors are actually sucked back in to the storage tank. Prevent this!
Don’t Wait Until [E] – Tips on pumping gas.
There was a time that I always went to the gas station when my needle reached the halfway line but that was quite some time ago. The more air and empty space in your tank, the more gas evaporates, and it’s a speedy process!
Storage tanks have a floating “roof” inside that serves as a zero clearance between your fuel and the atmosphere. So obviously more gas equals less air and can significantly reduce evaporation because the internal “roof” will be at it’s highest points.
So, for the final tip on pumping gas, try not to let your tank empty beyond the halfway point.
Keep these tips on pumping gas in mind. It could save you a few bucks.
This is not a complete list, just of few things to keep in mind to maximize your fuel. Another thing to be aware of is to watch for gasoline trucks. Gas is sometimes stirred as it’s being delivered and you might be pumping debris from the bottom of the truck’s storage tank into your vehicle.
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