If you drive around to get the “best” deal on gas prices, you’re an idiot. (Unless that $2 per tank does actually mean something to you.)
Let’s do the math.
I have a 12 gallon tank, but usually I don’t put more than 10 gallons in it when I fill up.
We have a choice between two gas stations:
Gas station A is advertising a regular gas price of $4.399 per gallon. (That’s for regular fuel – why would I buy anything more expensive when my car doesn’t require it?)
-> $4.399/gallon x 10 gallons = $43.99 fuel-up
Gas station B is advertising a regular gas price of $4.189 per gallon.
-> $4.189/gallon x 10 gallons = $41.89 fuel-up
$43.99 – $41.89 = $2.10
Going to gas station B just saved you $2.10 on your fuel up. How far out of your way can you drive before this gets ridiculous?
Since I live and work in the city, I fill up my gas tank on average once a month. Sometimes two or three times, sometimes none at all. I don’t pay attention to gas prices. I have noticed though that this one particular gas station that I drive by occasionally has better prices and it’s on my way to somewhere I go regularly, so I will often stop there to get gas, but I don’t drive around the city to get gas.
Readers, do you drive around to get cheaper gas? Or are you mostly oblivious to gas prices like I am?