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RN2007
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 3:25:56 PM

Is there a better time of the day to start of trip to save gas?
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rjro
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 8:35:40 AM

I try to get gas on my way to work. I need to be in my office by 815 am or so.
jacksonmeow
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 11:57:18 PM

It depends where are you going, how long is the journey and the major cities that will land
dvc2
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 3:32:05 PM

Anytime I drive from California to Albuquerque I leave my home at 3am and get there by 9pm. I do this trip 3-4 times a year.
2amy
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 10:01:38 AM

Early morning to avoid other traffic.
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:43:01 AM

all most 5 am
WES03
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2013 9:05:34 AM

In the DC area, no later than 5 AM unless it's weekend.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2013 6:21:13 AM

Yes, early in the morning when there is less traffic.
badbonita
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 9:47:34 AM

It depends on where you're going.

If the interstate I'm travelling on goes through a major city - like I90 and Buffalo, NY - I want to try and time it so that I'm not going to get caught in the morning or evening rush hours and oddly enough the lunch "hour" (which actually seems to last about 2 hours).
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 8:49:30 AM

Yes, early in the morning when there is less traffic.
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 7:52:32 AM

later hours means less traffic, but that also means that some places along the route might be closed, so there could be fewer chances for stops.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 7:07:40 AM

Around here late at night, or well before sunrise to avoid congestion.
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 5:23:57 AM

Depends
Pizza53
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 2:04:55 AM

man loaded question.... factors depend on:
when you are able to leave,
when you would hit a congested area, avoid rushes when possible,
when you want to arrive....

use your super computer or Microsoft's streets and trips to compute the optimum time to leave... Make sure you arrive on time and in one piece.
jack4141
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2013 2:19:06 PM

As needed
pacecar68
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:44:41 PM

buy gas when you need it.
rick_evans
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 7:16:51 PM

The time of the day when there is the least congestion. Now that can be complicated by the destination. You might start your trip early A.M. to avoid your own rush hour only to suffer the congestion of a city or cities along your route.
skydone7
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2013 1:04:33 PM

LOL
smugutu1234
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2013 11:44:48 AM

What?
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2013 11:30:32 AM

Wherever/whenever he's going, I hope he enjoys his trip
WES03
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2013 8:47:50 AM

In the DC area the best time is 4AM so as to get out of town before traffic madness decends.
MikeCapeCoral
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 12:30:05 AM

Yes... but I don't know what it is!
GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2013 12:09:56 AM

The best time of day to start a trip is the time which puts you on the road when no one else is on the road.

So, you probably should start long trips at 9 PM.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2013 8:06:06 PM

Are you asking if you'll save gas if you start your trip in the morning versus starting your trip in the afternoon versus starting your trip in the evening or in the middle of the night?

Even if you started a trip "at the worst time", if there was such a thing, how much fuel you would save or lose would be absolutely minimal. When your trip is started should depend more on traffic and convenience than on how much gas you might save.

That said, what does help people is posting gas prices, whether it's in your home area of Wisconsin or during your trip in "other" Gas Buddy areas. The more information you can provide, the more knowledgeable your fellow Gas Buddies are when it comes to shopping. But that's just a suggestion.

2/890
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 8:32:22 PM

Whenever the station isn't busy.
Chazzer
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 1:36:25 PM

Any time is OK according to a test that was noted in 'GasBuddy.com' articles of interest last year some time.
dassfg
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 12:11:56 PM

there is a better time of day to fill up -- the cool of the early morning -- fuel expands with heating of the day so as you drive your millage improves
xbAG
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2013 12:37:05 AM

I have no idea.
Here on the central coast of CA. the temps are very moderate.
Not to cold, not to hot and we are in a drought.
traffic is not heavy and I often use local roads.

[Edited by: xbAG at 7/17/2013 12:40:07 AM EST]
PassmyGas
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 12:51:59 PM

If you drive at night, you most likely get away with using the a/c. That will result in saving gas, but most of us have no choice of doing so.
pt1KY
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 8:18:11 AM

Tanks are under ground at an average of 55 degrees. So no!
Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 7:31:47 AM

nope.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 6:15:21 AM

I prefer to drive during day than night.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 12:21:10 AM

Drive at night or early in the day, but where exactly are you going to save gas?
forestghost07
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 10:11:17 PM

earlier you get going the better, in many ways. My road trips begin 3 - 4 AM

Save not only gas, but engine wear and tear, and your sanity, by avoiding leaving during rush hrs

[Edited by: forestghost07 at 7/10/2013 10:15:31 PM EST]
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 10:02:02 PM

Pick a time when traffic and delays are at a minimum ...
FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 8:19:40 PM

One of my more frequent long trips goes North-South. Oftentimes there is a strong North wind during the afternoon which dies down after dusk. When heading North, then, if the wind is strong I'll wait until dusk to depart so I'm not driving into it.
sagnat
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 6:48:54 PM

Definitely do not start during peak traffic. Heavy traffic and associated stop n go kills mileage.
forresj
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2013 6:16:21 PM

Off peak hours when traffic is light which is usually late evening or early morning (pre-dawn); Secondly, don't drive tired.

[Edited by: forresj at 7/10/2013 6:19:15 PM EST]
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