10 Tips to save gas and moneyPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Gas prices ares up 33 cents in the past two weeks, which is the second-largest price jump ever recording.
The national average is $3.51 per gallon of regular unleaded. In some areas, that per-gallon price has already topped $4. Near the airport in Orlando, Fla., stations are charging more than $5 per gallon.
Here in Arizona, we're not far behind the national average. In Phoenix, the average price is $3.33. In Flagstaff, it's $3.56, and in Tucson, it's $3.25.
Linda Gorman of AAA Arizona shared 10 gas-saving -- thus money-saving -- tips with Scott Pasmore.
1. Carpool or work from home. carpooling just one day each week can reduce your gas consumption by up to 20 percent.
2. Avoid abrupt starts and stops. When you floor it when the light turns green, you're wasting gas and putting unnecessary strain on your car. Accelerating slowly is better for your car and might help you avoid red-light runners. As for stopping, letting your car coast to a stop is a good way to improve gas mileage.
3. Follow the speed limit. Driving 75 mph rather than 65 mph lowers your fuel economy by 10 percent.
4. Combine trips.Drive the shortest route to your destination and combine short trips whenever possible.
5. Travel light. Less weight in your car means better gas mileage.
6. Avoid tailgating. Not only is tailgating dangerous, it will reduce your fuel economy if you try ti match the speed and acceleration patterns of the drivers in front of you.
7. Check tire pressure. Keeping your tired properly inflated can increase your gas mileage by as much as 2 percent.
8. Buy regular gas. If your car does not require premium gasoline, don't buy it.
9. Save when you spend.
10. Find the cheapest gas.
You might think you're saving gas by keeping the air conditioner off and driving with your windows down, but he air drag created at highway speeds can reduce your gas mileage by 10 percent.
Finally, buying gas at the coolest time of the day -- early morning or late evening -- can save you a little bit of money.