Here’s When Americans Buy Gas Most Often

GasBuddy study reveals most popular time of day states fuel up.

September 20, 2021

Pumping Gas

BOSTON—A new study from GasBuddy found that motorists in 47 states most frequently purchase gas between 4 and 6 p.m., with 24 states purchasing gasoline between 5-6 p.m. and 23 states purchasing between 4-5 p.m. Friday was the most popular day to fill up in the U.S., with 15.9% of weekly sales.

“In order to save the most money on fuel, drivers should pay attention to the time of day and day of the week they fill up,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

The three outlier states that purchase fuel outside of 4-6 p.m. include West Virginia, Virginia and Montana.

West Virginians fill up mid-morning from 10-11 a.m., with 28% of the state buying fuel before noon.

Virginians purchase their fuel most frequently during the 3 p.m. hour, while 32% of Virginians purchase gas between noon and 3 p.m.

Montana residents fill up most frequently from noon to 1 p.m.; however, this is a shift from 2020, when the most frequent time to buy gas was 3-4 p.m., and it was 5-6 p.m. in 2019. According to Pay with GasBuddy data, 31.7% of people in Montana now fill up their tanks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

NACS offers retailers an insider’s view at how fuel is produced, refined and ultimately sold at convenience stores across the United States in the NACS Fuels Resource Center. And we look at some of the issues that could affect an otherwise easy and convenient fill up.

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