Gasoline Prices Go Up: These 10 Easy Driving Tips Will Save You Money
(NEXSTAR) – As the national average price of gas continues to rise, many drivers are looking for that dream gas station with absurdly low prices. But did you know that you can save money just by changing the way you drive?
On Friday, the national average hit $ 3.378 per gallon for regular gasoline, according to AAA. That’s a four-cent increase from Monday, and given the tight supply, there is no relief at the pump for the foreseeable future.
However, soaring gas prices did not affect all states in the same way last week. Since last Thursday, these states have seen the biggest jumps on average: Connecticut (+13 cents), North Carolina (+13 cents), Florida (+13 cents), Rhode Island (+12 cents), New York (+ 12 cents), Tennessee (+12 cents), New Jersey (+12 cents), Massachusetts (+12 cents), New Hampshire (+11 cents) and Vermont (+10 cents).
If you live in the western United States, Illinois, Alaska, or Hawaii, where gas prices are the highest, you might want to get creative in reducing your fuel costs. In fact, the opportunity to start saving money presents itself long before you get to the gas station.
According to AAA, these ten driving tips can help you lower your bill:
- Do you have a heavy foot? Stop jackrabbiting and accelerating hard.
- Don’t slow down. If your car is stopped for more than 60 seconds, turn off the engine to save gas.
- The red light comes on? Stop accelerating and allow the car to drive to the signal until it is time to brake.
- You might like your car a lot, but don’t waste money on premium fuel unless the manufacturer recommends or requires it.
- Not going on a week-long camping trip soon? Remove roof racks and top brackets which can have a major effect on gas mileage.
- Relax with the air conditioning. Even at highway speeds, open windows have less of an effect on fuel economy than the engine horsepower required to run the A / C compressor.
- If you have a manual transmission, upshift whenever you can and save fuel by “skipping the gear” when possible.
- Do you have timed traffic lights where you live? Slow down and synchronize your vehicle speed with green lights to save fuel.
- When accelerating, do it smoothly to let the automatic transmission shift sooner, reducing engine rpm and saving gasoline in the process.
- Keep your tires properly inflated – soft tires mean the car has to work more than it should. They also make handling more difficult and increase the risk of a rash in the long term.
See more fuel saving tips from AAA.