A gas price sign is shown in McKinney, Texas, Friday, July 18, 2008. Prices at the pump backed away from record highs as oil futures edged up Friday, but crude's gains were modest in comparison to the spectacular three-day drop earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Gasoline Prices at Record Highs for February, Rising
Driving tips help motorists save money
Economic uncertainty in Europe, tensions in Iran and the world’s growing appetite for gasoline products have placed pressure on crude oil prices recently, pushing prices upwards of $108 per barrel as of Friday morning. The current average price for regular gasoline in Kansas is $3.48 per gallon. As gasoline prices continue to climb with the switch to summer blends, increased demand and periodic closures for refinery maintenance, AAA would like to help drivers save money this weekend and throughout the year.
“Drivers are continuing to feel a pinch at the pump as the cost of fuel moves higher,” said Jim Hanni, executive vice president for public and government affairs at AAA. “However, a few simple steps will help motorists get the most fuel mileage out of each gallon of gasoline and their wallets.”
Below are ways AAA recommends drivers get the most out of each tank of gasoline:
Slow down. The faster a vehicle travels the more fuel it burns. The US Department of Energy estimates motorists pay an extra 24 cents per gallon for every five miles per hour driven over 60 mph.
Inflate tires according to manufacturer recommendations. Under-inflated tires are a safety hazard and can cut fuel economy by as much as two percent per pound of pressure below the recommended level.
Lighten the load. A heavier vehicle uses more gas. An extra 100 pounds of weight in the passenger compartment, trunk or cargo area can reduce a vehicle’s MPG up to two percent.
Choose routes that enable cars to travel at constant speeds and bypass congested areas as much as possible. Drivers should look for alternate routes that allow them to drive at consistent speeds to maximize fuel efficiency.
Stick to a routine maintenance schedule. Keeping tires properly inflated, moving components lubricated and ignition and emission systems in good operating order will help ensure maximum fuel efficiency and extend the life of a vehicle.