How to avoid the impact of rising gas prices around the globe

Global gas price increases will not only affect your travel plans, but every aspect of your life. Check out our top tips to beat inflation.

Old, out of service gas station in the desert.
Old, out of service gas station in the desert. Image credit: Carl Nenzen Loven/Unsplash

Gas prices are rising globally, which is an unpleasant hassle to deal with, especially considering the worldwide interest in returning to travel after two years of restrictions. In some places, filling up your car tank can now cost a small fortune, so what can you do to lessen the financial blow? 

There are plenty of ways to save money on the road and at home, but if you’re ready to discover peace of mind for you and your wallet on upcoming vacations, then download the Blacklane app. Our rates are all-inclusive and guaranteed at the time of booking, so no need to worry about surcharge pricing and hidden fees after your trip. Book one of our safe and reliable rides for your next journey to enjoy the comfort and ease of starting your holidays the moment you hit our back seat.

Still looking for even more ways to save? Then check out our top tips for beating the global inflation of gas prices.

On the road

Driving and traveling less is an obvious, though not always possible solution, to saving money on gas. If walking, cycling, or public transportation are unreliable or not viable options for your situation, then the next best thing you can do is to find ways to save at the pump. 

Ticket prices for long and short-haul flights might be getting more expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you should forget about vacations altogether. Investing in local travel and group road trips can save you money, while still enjoying your free time in a new place.

When you’re on the road, there are a few practical tips that can help you get more mileage out of your tank. Before you head out on a trip, you should do some preliminary travel checks such as, making sure your tires are properly inflated and that your car has been regularly serviced. Issues like bad shocks, broken springs, low fluid levels, and dirty air filters can impact the performance of your vehicle.

It’s also important to avoid idling, speeding, and braking or accelerating too hard. Driving like this will quickly increase your gas consumption, so it’s important to avoid traffic and long stops with the engine running when you can. Lightening your load, reducing your A/C usage, and combining multiple short trips together can also help you save a few extra bucks.

At home

If you’re ready to bring the savings closer to home, then improving house insulation can save you on overall costs for heating and cooling throughout the year. Although this option has the potential to be more expensive upfront, in the long run, it can end up saving you hundreds on your bills throughout the year. 

It’s important to make sure that all of your windows and doors are properly sealed, regular HVAC maintenance is scheduled, and your walls and attic are sufficiently insulated. Getting your water heater insulated with specialized jackets or blankets in colder months will also help you save on energy costs. 

A less expensive insulation option would be to use thicker curtains in the winter to block out the cold, drafty air, which will help keep your space warm. In the summer, light colored (think white, tan, beige, gray, etc.) black out curtains will help block out excessive heat from the sun, which will leave your house shaded and cool.

Another helpful tip would be to buy groceries locally instead of getting them delivered or ordering take out. When everything is available at the touch of a fingertip, it’s tempting to just buy now and look forlornly at your bank account balance later, but delivery services often end up passing down extra delivery fees to you. Buying locally and cooking your own meals can save you a little extra cash in the long run.