#1- Predict when you can get cheap gas and when you should start driving more conservatively.
What if I told you that you can predict with good enough accuracy when exactly gas will get cheaper and when will it spike. If you head over to gas Buddy.com and take a look at historical price chart section and set the graph to ten years, you can see fairly consistently that gas gets cheaper and more expensive in predictable cycles.
There’s a reason for that. As winter draws to a close, the switch to summer blend from winter blend gas makes gas prices spike. Spring refinery maintenance also sees prices spike. Just before Memorial Day or the Fourth of July is when gas prices also suddenly increase. Then we switch back to Winter blend around September and gas prices gradually fall. Then the cycle begins all over again. Here are a few dates to keep in mind.
- January to February- Gas is the cheapest during this time of the year.
- The first week of February- Refineries switch to Summer blend from winter blend. Prices begin to rise.
- May 1 and April 1- The deadlines for Northern California and Southern California refineries to have completed their switch to summer blend.
- Memorial Day to July 4th- This is the period where gas is most expensive.
- September 15- The switch to winter blend begins and so does a downward slope in prices.
Keeping this in mind, if you’ve got a long summer trip ahead and don’t use your trip vehicle, fill up a week before Memorial Day or July 4th. In addition, when you’re driving during the summer keep in mind that gas isn’t going to get cheaper so drive conservatively until the switchover.