Before leaving for Labor day weekend, I filled my car up at $3.29 per gallon. Upon coming home I was amazed that gas prices had soared .60 cents to, now, be $3.89 per gallon. I don’t pretend to have all the answers as to why gas prices rise and fall but I do know it hurts when they when they climb.

If you’re like me you probably pay pretty close attention to your mileage per gallon in order to gauge how far your dollar goes in terms of gasoline. Here are three simple tricks that will help your gas go further and save you money in the long run.

Get your gas between 5am and 6am

This may sound extreme but there is a method to the madness. We all know that gasoline has vapors but we often to fail to realize is those vapors can fill our tanks and register as gallons of gas. Early mornings often pair with cool weather. Gas is less likely to evaporate in cooler weather, allowing you to fill your car with more gas liquid and less gas vapors. This simple trick can increase your mpg  up to 6 miles.

If you see a gas truck filling a station, move on to a different station

When stations receive new gasoline the new gasoline pushes vapors and older gasoline up to the top. You, the innocent by standard, fill your tank up thinking you’re getting the freshest gas around. Wrong. The gas vapors register as gallons leaving you with a high bill and lower amount of gas. So the next time you see a fill-truck, move on to the next station.

Don’t go below half a tank of gas

This might seem a little too extreme but it can yield good results. As discussed earlier gas vapors are an enemy to your budget. When your tank enters below half full gas vapors have more room to expand. This expansion prevents you from getting the maximum amount of gas when filling up.

These three easy steps may seem weird at first, but try them out for yourself. Four extra miles to a gallon adds up quickly and can mean an extra gallon of gas per tank. If you are like me and willing to stop at a gas station because it’s 3 cents cheaper than the station next to it,  this will be a no-brainer. Leave a comment below and let me know if these tips worked for you or if you have any additional gas saving resources.