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Auto Club: Save Money on Gas

The Automobile Club has a few ideas about how consumers can spend less money at the pump.

With the average gas price topping $4.30 per gallon, Southern California residents seeing the highest fuel prices since the spring and summer of 2008, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The highest price recorded for unleaded, regular gas in Los Angeles county is $4.626.

In order to help drivers pay less at the pump, the Auto Club released a number of tips for drivers on its website

Track daily mileage and figure out how to reduce it. First off, try carpooling, whether it's to work, social events, school events or sports practices for children. Try walking or using public transit, or if you commute a long distance to work, see if you can telecommute one or two days per week.

Practice safe, smart driving. Texting or using a cellphone or iPod while driving can also waste gas, according to the Auto Club. "When you drive distraction-free and pay close attention, you will be better able to anticipate traffic conditions and slow down or accelerate gradually instead of slamming on your breaks or gas pedal, which wastes fuel and can also be dangerous and hard on your club," the Auto Club said in a statement. Additionally, stop-and-go traffic wastes more gasoline, so avoid hitting the gas only to slam on the brakes seconds later.

Plan your trips. Instead of making three trips to the grocery store in one week, try making one trip. Combine errands and use the shortest route possible, and call ahead to make sure the item is in stock if there's something in particular that you're looking for.

Fuel efficiency counts. If your household has more than one car, drive the most fuel efficient one as often as possible.

Slow down. "The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that drivers who travel more than 60 miles per hour are reducing their fuel economy anywhere from seven to 23 percent," according to the Auto Club.

Check your tires every other fill-up. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel economy by 2 percent per pound of pressure below the recommended level, according to the Auto Club.

Clean out your trunk. Your car is not a storage unit. Extra weight in your car—such as sports equipment or files—can reduce fuel economy by about 2 percent per extra 100 pounds.

Wolfman February 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
American oil companies selling our excess fuel to China as we all do nothing
Mike Ruehle February 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The US PRODUCES 11% of the worlds' crude production and CONSUMES over 21% of the worlds' crude supply, over twice as much as any other country in the world. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/07/26/GR2008072601599.html Over 50% of the US energy needs are met with imports. Until gasoline price rises to $8.00 per gallon, don't expect much of a shift away from oil to alternative fuels. If the government doubled the tax on gasoline and used the tax proceeds to help subsidize alternate fuels, you would see the shift happen almost immediately. However, no politician has the internal fortitude to call for increasing gasoline tax for fear of being voted out of his job. Yet its just a matter of time before the oil is used up and price rises via supply and demand. Just another problem whose solution we will pass on to our children.
tinytom March 01, 2012 at 12:38 AM
If Congress had the capability to regulate commerce: www.cnn.com/2012/02/29/opinion/pickens-natural-gas-energy-security/index.html?hpt=hp_c1
John B. Greet March 01, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Ruehle your graphic does not appear to illustrate what you claim. The graphic illustrates "consumption" v. "production." It does not address "supply." I disagree with your apparent preference that we should subsidize alternative fuel R&D through tax revenues laundered through government. Neither, however, should we subsidize oil production in the same manner. What we need to do is get government out of the way and let the market do what the market does best, encourage innovation and development, while rewarding success and punishing failure.
tinytom March 01, 2012 at 04:42 PM
So if your future goal, (not difficult), is to convert all trucks to run on natural gas, (I don't think they emit particulate matter, but haven't looked into it), Congress and the President can outright pay for the trucks to get converted and station pumps to be installed. And/or do it with a combination of credit and tax breaks. The impt thing would be to decide on it and then use the current structure of govt to mobilize and do it. Obviously the status quo free mkt system could care less about things.

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