Gas myths busted

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, TX - Gas prices, as we know are at a record high. But can the pain at the pump be helped? Some claim there are ways to save money but do these tips and tricks really work?

Mystic Matthews talked to the experts and has the answers for us.

It is stuff we hear all the time, top off the tank, don't fill up in the afternoon, but is it true?

We've compiled a list of what does and does not work.

With gasoline topping 3.50 a gallon for regular, some people like John Miller are asking if there is a better way. “Like right now, I’m only filling up to $20.00 because it’s gone up so much its ridiculous.”

Can we get more for our money when we are filling up the tank? Some tips, like filling up in the morning are true.

Experts say the ground temperature is still cold in the A.M., keeping underground storage tanks cool too. That means gas is more condensed, so you get a little more when you fill up.

But what about topping off your tank? Terry Jarvis says, “I can't really see where that would be really much of an advantage.”

And experts like Midas Technician Gary Mueller agree. "You don't want to top it off. You run it up till it clicks then you stop, because it has an Evap system. It takes the fumes. If you overfill it, the Evap system can't do its job.”

Mueller says that could cause your check engine light to come on.

And speaking of vapors, petroleum executives say when you fill up, don't squeeze the trigger to fast mode. It puts more vapors and less liquid in the tank. So keep it on low to get more for your money.

And that brings us to maintenance. Mueller says, "You can lose two miles to the gallon with over inflated or under-inflated tires. So they need to be what the manufacturer called for."

And tires aren't the only thing. "Keep your car tuned up, oil changed and air filter clean. Anything and everything helps."

Another thing experts say we should do is fill-up when the tank is half full. It minimizes evaporation, keeping more gas in. And they say make sure the gas cap stays tight. Otherwise fumes will escape your tank, along with your money.


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  • by Amy on Apr 28, 2008 at 02:04 PM
    Here's a money-saving tip... don't use $5 worth of gas to drive across town to save $2 on a fill-up. If gas is $3.50 and you have a 20 mpg car and you drive 10 miles out of your way (20 miles round-trip) to get gas that's 10¢/gallon cheaper, and you put in 15 gallons, you're wasting $3.50 worth of gas to save $1.50 on filling up your tank, so you're $2.00 worse off. People do that ALL the time and I cannot figure out why.
  • by Caring Mom Location: TX on Apr 28, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    I tried the pumping slow thing at the SAME pump and SAME price three times. It got me almost three gallons more!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2008 at 09:11 AM
    I'd like to see someone stop buying "Chinese made crap". Hopefully the dollar's worth stops it's decline soon so the investors will find that oil is not looking so good to invest in. That is what is driving up costs as well as what is said below - supply and demand. Everyone gripes aout the gas price yet they will pay $3.50 for a 16 oz. bottled water?? Perspective... look it up.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    Craig, they have done the "don't buy gas" day loads of time and it NEVER works! It will never work, because people will just have to buy gas the next day! People have to get to work, which for most people means buying gas! The ONLY thing that will lower prices is a huge decrease in demand... here AND overseas. Stop buying Chinese-made garbage and watch their economy falter, and they won't be able to afford gas and it will cut out competition for oil. But that's not feasible, either, as we've shut down all our American factories in favor of cheaper Chinese goods.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    Who cares, there is more important news out there than gas prices they are going to keep going up and we are going to have to continue to go to work and buy groceries and ect. WHO CARES!!!
  • by craig Location: savoy on Apr 27, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    People say if you dont buy gas from exxon/mobile or citgo/shell they will eventually have to lower prices back down to compete... I'm sure you can search that subject and get more info on specific reasons why that would work. Also they are telling everyone not to buy gas on May 2nd...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    Torrance, oil companies right now are making an 8% profit... which is a little over 25¢ per gallon. They are making record-breaking profits because they are selling record-breaking amounts of oil! 31 billion barrels of oil were sold last year around the world! China is now the #2 consumer of oil (right behind the US) which is driving up the demand and the cost. It's not some conspiracy theory, it's the simple economics of supply & demand. (And my husband spends $700/mo on gas just to get to and from work, so I don't like the high prices any more than you do!)
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Apr 26, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    I wonder if, next time I'm getting gas, I stand on one leg while singing a dead cat over my head? Will that help? LOL
  • by Amy on Apr 26, 2008 at 06:52 AM
    Exactly which myths are being busted? I've never heard any myths that topping off your tank or having a poorly maintained vehicle will help your mileage, so those can't be the myth they're "busting"... (and by the way, getting gas from Wal-Mart stations is what makes my "check engine" light come on! Nice, huh?)
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    Great advice! I'll consider it.
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