Gas Prices on the Rise - How to Prepare for Spring & Summer Breaks

By Aaronnette Jackson

March 11, 2011

 

With spring break approaching and summer travel not far away travelers are looking for the best deals and ways to save money at the pump.  According to a Lundberg survey gas prices jumped 33 cents over the last two weeks. The increase in gas can play a major factor in spring and summer break travel plans for commuters. High gas prices have also affected the airline. US Today reported that American Airlines has bumped up domestic fares by $10 per round trip, which could trigger the seventh fare increase this year by U.S. airlines. Commuters have to really begin to save now and plan ahead, so that they are still able to take that vacation they have been waiting all year for. Below is a list of tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency that can help save some change in your pocket during these hard economic times.

 

Follow your owner’s manual recommendation for the right octane level for your car.

 

Stay within the posted speed limits. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.

 

Avoid unnecessary idling. It wastes fuel, costs you money, and pollutes the air. Turn off the engine if you

   anticipate a wait.

 

Avoid jackrabbit starts and stops. You can improve in-town gas mileage by up to five percent by driving

  “gently.”

 

Use overdrive gears and cruise control when appropriate. They improve fuel economy when you’re driving

  on the highway.

 

Keeping your tires properly inflated and aligned can increase gas mileage up to three percent.

 

Tuning your engine according to your owner’s manual can increase gas mileage by an average of four

  percent.

 

Clean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and removes harmful substances from the

  engine.

 

An extra 100 pounds in the trunk can reduce fuel economy by up to two percent. Removing non-essential

  stuff can save you at the pump.

 

Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same

  distance when the engine is warm.

 

Click here for more resources and information on how you can save money at the gas pump. 

Resource: Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency