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Gas Saving Tips
With higher gas prices, all of us are trying to find ways to save at the pump. The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs is providing consumers with helpful tips on buying gas and fuel savings.
At the Pump:
- Read the prices on the pump and compare to the prices on the roadside sign, they should match. If not, go inside the station before you start pumping gas.
- Check to see the gas pump has been inspected by the Weights and Measures. To the right is a picture of our department’s seal.
- Use card club membership discounts, coupons or receipts. Read the terms and conditions on using them, sometimes you have to take into the station and pay there verses at the pump.
- Look at the grade selector each time; 87, 89 and 93 octane may appear in any order at a pump.
- After you pay, select the right grade, and place the nozzle in your tank. WAIT and make sure the pump’s dial reset to all zeros before you start to pump gas. If the numbers jump at all, reset the dispenser. And report problems to both the station and Weights and Measures by calling the number that appears on the seal.
- Stay near your vehicle during fueling to avoid spillage, do not smoke or use phones, and avoid getting in your vehicle. If you must re-enter your vehicle, discharge static electricity buildup when you get out by touching the outside metal portion of your vehicle, away from the filling point, before attempting to remove the nozzle.
- Make sure the meter stops running when you stop pumping.
- Review your receipt to ensure you have been charged the correct amount.
- Fill up vehicle up in the morning when the temperature is still cool. When it gets warmer, gasoline expands. Combine errands, consider carpool or public transportation.
- Drive more efficiently. Avoid fast starts and stops, slow down as your speed increases your vehicle consumes more fuel, use cruise control or engage overdrive gears, use air conditioner sparingly, reduce long idles, and remove excess weight.
- Keep your vehicle in shape. Replace air filters when dirt, service regularly, tires are properly inflated, and use the recommend grade of motor oil.
- If a tanker truck is filling the station’s tank, do not fill up. More than 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.
- Wait until your gas gauge reads ¼ tank before filling up in warmer weather. Your vehicles gets better gas mileage with a lighter load and use the right octane level for your car, check your owner’s manual.
The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.