In the quest to squeeze as much mileage out of their gas budgets as possible, motorists are exploring all the angles, gleaned from friends, family and even the Internet. Some work; others are urban myths.
Turning off the air conditioning and opening the windows, for example, actually lessens fuel economy because air going through the windows adds drag to the car.
[John] Myung is not alone in thinking gas prices go up on weekends, but experts say he’s wrong.
“That’s a bit of an old wives’ tale, a myth,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service. “Wholesale prices change every day, with the exception of Sunday. The biggest price moves tend to take place on the wholesale markets on Wednesdays these days.”
But there does appear to be truth to the theory that stations near freeways charge more.
Meanwhile, this morning, I started carpooling with a colleague from work. We’d been talking about it for months but we were finally able to synchronize our schedules and start the process today. Oh sure, there was that little dance at the end of the day about what time we could both leave the office together, but it was a minor inconvenience compared to the money we’ll save on filling up our respective gas tanks.