BOSTON — GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform based in Boston, released findings of a new study revealing the most popular times of day drivers in each state fill up. The study analyzed Pay with GasBuddy fuel purchasing data from April 1, 2021, to May 31, 2021, to determine the most frequent time drivers in all 50 U.S. states bought fuel.
Click through for breakdowns of some of the standout data points from the study …
The after-work crowd
People in 24 states, including California, Florida and Louisiana, most frequently purchase gasoline between 5-6 p.m. Another 23 states, including Alabama, Arizona and Oregon, purchased fuel most frequently between 4-5 p.m., according to GasBuddy data. Across the United States, Friday is the most popular day to fill up, with 15.9% of weekly sales.
Early in West Virginia
While the majority of states fill up in the evening, West Virginians prefer to fill their tanks mid-morning, purchasing the most fuel between 10-11 a.m. A total of 8.3% of West Virginian fuel sales happen between 10-11 a.m., more than any other hour of the day. According to Pay with GasBuddy data, 28% of West Virginians buy fuel before noon.
Mid-afternoon in Virginia
Another outlier from the after-work standard—drivers in Virginia purchase the most gas during the 3 p.m. hour, while 32% of Virginians purchase gas between noon and 3 p.m., with 8.6% of fuel sales occurring between 3-4 p.m. The hours of 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. were close behind, with 8.38% and 8.58% of sales, respectively.
Lunch in Montana
Motorists in the Big Sky State purchased the most gas during the noon hour in 2021. However, in 2020 the most frequent fill up time in Montana was 3-4 p.m., and it was 5-6 p.m. in 2019. Could lifestyle changes from the pandemic have created a lasting trend? 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.