GAS IS EXPECTED TO REACH $5 PER GALLON BY NEXT SUMMER. WOW!!! HERE ARE SOME TIPS THAT MIGHT COME IN HANDY.
4 Tips on Pumping Gas
Our source for this article is an individual with about 31 years experience in the petroleum industry. He was kind enough to share some actions to take that will help you get more out of your money.
- It is wise to buy gas or fill up your vehicle as early in the morning as possible, or when ground temperatures are still cool. Be advised that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below the surface. The cooler the ground the more dense the gasoline. When it gets warmer liquid expands. As a result, buying in the afternoon or in the evening is not recommended. A gallon might not actually be a gallon.
- When you're filling up your car, you should not squeezed the trigger of the pump to a fast mode. Triggers have 3 speeds (low, medium, and high). He advised that one should be pumping on the low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while pumping gas. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes back to your tank can become steam. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into storage tanks, so in retrospect., you are getting "bang for your buck".
- One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank in HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, petroleum stations make sure that every truck that is loaded is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.
- Finally, never fill up your vehicle when there is a gasoline truck filling up the storage tanks. When the tanks are filled up, the bottom is being stirred up. You will pick up some of the gunk that was lying quietly at the bottom.
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