You’ve probably noticed the steep increase in gas prices over the past week. Nationwide, drivers have seen average gas prices of $3.38 per gallon, similar to what we normally see in the peak of the summer driving season. The price increases are a result of the unrest in Libya and the Middle East.
This sudden jump in prices is causing people across the country to examine their driving behavior. This may be a great reason to look into buying a more fuel efficient or hybrid vehicle. Even if you aren’t in the market for a new car right now, here are some tips to increase your car’s fuel efficiency and get the most for your gasoline dollar:
- Drive sensibly - Aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking, wastes gas.
- Combine trips when possible - Several short trips starting from a cold engine can use twice as much fuel as longer multi-purpose trips when the engine is warm.
- Observe the speed limit - Gas mileage usually decreases at speeds above 60 mph
- Remove excess weight - Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle. The reduction of an extra 100 lbs could increase your mileage by 2%
- Carpool or take public transportation - You can save by taking turns driving with other commuters
For more information about saving money at the pump, visit fueleconomy.gov.