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AAA: Gas Prices Reaching Spring Peak

April 1, 2014, 11:51 AM

AAA: Gas Prices Reaching Spring Peak

If you're tired of seeing rising prices at the pump, we have some good news.

AAA says nationally, prices are near their springtime peak. You may see prices climb a little higher in the next few weeks, but experts say the end appears to be in sight.

On average, the price of gas is $3.56 per gallon. That's the highest it's been since September of 2013.

AAA officials pass along these fuel-saying for drivers:

1. Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
2. Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible.
3. Avoid long warm-ups in the morning. They're unnecessary and waste fuel.
4. Use air conditioning at cruising speeds. Today's air conditioners create less drag on the engine than driving with the windows open.
5. Maintain recommended tire pressure. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires.
6. Combine errands. If possible, park in a central spot and walk from place to place.
7. Slow down. If you travel at 60 mph instead of 70 mph on your 20-mile highway commute, you could save about 1.3 gallons of gas in a five-day work week.
8. Don't use your trunk for storage. The heavier your car, the more fuel it uses.
9. Consider using a more fuel efficient vehicle, especially for longer trips.
10. Shop around for the best gas price. Gas prices can vary tremendously, which means it can pay to use the free AAA mobile app to find the cheapest gas station near you.

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