Aside from vehicle maintenance and repairs, gas is one of the biggest expenses rideshare drivers tend to have. With gas prices on the rise in recent months, you may be wondering how much drivers spend on gas on average. Or, perhaps you’d like to know if your weekly fuel spend seems ‘normal’.

    There really is no sense of normal when it comes to how much drivers spend on gas because everyone’s situation is different. One thing we all have in common, though, is the desire to stretch our dollar when on the road.

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    If your goal is to make more money by minimizing overall fuel costs, here are some factors you’ll need to consider along with some strategic ways to manage fuel costs.

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    The Type of Vehicle Matters

    Of course, cars with better mileage rates are going to go that extra mile (literally) when you’re completing trips. While you can typically accommodate bigger trips with a larger vehicle, it’s always going to be more expensive to fuel up, so this has to play into your driving strategy.

    If you want to save on gas but aren’t ready to buy an electric vehicle, don’t sleep on hybrid vehicles! One RSG reader named Fabrizio P., drives a 2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid that does very well in terms of miles per gallon.

    I’m a full-time driver in the DC area and I spend about $250 per month on fuel,” Fabrizio said on an RSG Facebook post.

    The engine for his vehicle is paired with an electric motor and battery pack, so it generates a combined 192 horsepower while getting 50/54 mpg.

    Another driver, Steve J., drives a 7-seater Kia Sorrento and spends about $400 to $600 per month on gas.

    “I work anywhere from 40 to 50 hours per week in St. Augustine, Florida,” said Steve. “How much I spend on gas also depends on whether I got get a lot of longer airport trips.”

    Another Prius driver, Teddy Kechris chimed in by saying: “I drive a 2012 Prius and when I was driving before the pandemic, I was averaging about 12 to 14 gallons for every 25 hours of driving (about 500 to 700 miles. Right now, I’d be spending around $40 per week in gas.

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    Each City’s Fuel Prices Are Different

    Most of us are probably not going to move just to get cheaper gas for rideshare driving. This means, you often have to deal with whatever gas prices are in your area.

    When I was younger, I used to wonder why my parents would make such a big deal out of driving to the gas station with the lower price per gallon – even if it was only by a few cents. Today, I completely understand this logic. Those pennies add up in the grand scheme of things.

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    According to Choose Energy’s recent ranking of gasoline costs per state, states like California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Washington are some of the most expensive cities to fill up in.

    Meanwhile, states like Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, and South Carolina have much lower fuel rates.

    In California, the average price of fuel per gallon was $4.39 as of August 2021, and it was only $2.84 in Texas.

    Where Are You Going and What Do Passengers Prefer?

    Just because you live in an area where gas is pretty cheap, doesn’t always mean you’ll spend less on gas overall if you’re working in an area that is very spaced out or not as busy. Some drivers may consider high cost-of-living areas as potential earnings jackpot if there is lots of activity and high-paying, shorter-distance trip requests.

    The bottom line is, it all depends on the quality of your trips. Another RSG reader named Gail M., who is not a fan of Prius vehicles, made a great point by recommending drivers also consider space constraints and the preferences that their passengers have.

    “I often hear from riders that they don’t like those smaller cars because they lack space,” said Gail. “I drive a minivan to get 30 mpg and most of the trips are XL with one rider. In my opinion, riders have no desire to get into a smaller car and the extra money you get by not driving more than makes up for the extra mileage.”

    After all, for many drivers, their rideshare vehicle doubles as a secondary or primary family vehicle. If you feel like you’d be uncomfortable driving in a Prius for long stretches of time, it’s probably a better idea to buy a car you’re comfortable with and in, since you’ll use it for more than just rideshare.

    Setting a Goal Can Help

    While you can’t control most of the factors that contribute to your monthly gas bill, whether it’s the trip length or the gas station prices, you can still set goals for your expenses to ensure you’re still making a profit.

    Gail sets a goal to keep all gas expenses under 10% the total fare amount.

    “For a long time, meeting this goal was very easy,” said Gail. “With gas prices a little higher now, I do miss the mark sometimes.”

    Everyone’s goal is going to be different and it should be based on factors like the number of hours you’re driving, how much you’re earning on average per hour, along with how much other costs to maintain your car might be.

    Keep in mind that goals don’t always have to be met so strictly – especially when gas prices are so up and down lately. The key is to just have something to aim for and track your earnings over time.

    Finding Ways to Save

    If you’re creative enough, you may be able to find ways to save on your fuel expenses. One of those is by getting the GetUpside app.

    GetUpside helps you earn cash back each time you fill up. You’ll save $0.25 per gallon each time you fill up at certain partner gas stations in your area. Just browse the app for offers and connect your debit card or check in on the app and upload your receipt when you get gas.

    Another way to get some of your gas money back at the end of the year is to take advantage of the standard mileage deduction when you file your taxes. For the 2020 tax year, it’s $0.57 per mile. You can ask your tax professional to help you apply this deduction.

    Or, if you use tax planning software like Turbo Tax, it’s very easy to utilize this option. Just be sure to track your mileage during your trips. Again, there are apps to help you do this as well like Mile IQ and Hurdlr. Learn more about mileage trackers we recommend here.

    Not sure about doing your taxes as an independent contractor? Learn all about rideshare taxes here!

    Drivers Are Easily Spending Hundreds to Thousands on Gas Per Month

    As you can see, there’s not just one solid answer to the common question: How much do drivers spend on gas. While some part-time drivers are spending anywhere from $50 to $200 per month.

    Others are spending $600 to $800 per month while some full-time drivers are spending well over a thousand depending on their market.

    Sometimes it can be helpful to gauge how much others are spending especially when they drive a similar vehicle or work in similar conditions. Ultimately, your number is going to be unique to your situation and driving goals.

    Once you do have your number, you can always strategize to make driving worth your while, whether that means trying to land more airport trips, driving in the early afternoon, or whatever works for you.

    Let’s continue the conversion in the comments. How much do you spend on gas each month and why do you think that is?

    -Chonce @ RSG

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    Chonce Maddox Rhea

    Chonce Maddox Rhea

    Choncé is a freelance writer who’s obsessed with living well on a budget and loves encouraging people to make extra money so they can meet their financial goals. She is happily married to one of the best Uber drivers in the Chicago metro area, who currently has 2,800+ trips under his belt.