More than 41 million Americans will hit the road for July 4 travel, according to AAA. That’s up nearly two percent from last year and the highest numbers since 2007.
But just as families hit the road, gas prices are soaring!
The national price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.68 per gallon, which is the highest price for early summer in six years.
In case you haven’t noticed, the cost of gas has steadily been rising. It’s up about 10 cents a gallon compared to this time last year.
What’s to blame? Experts say the violence by the militant group known as ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) which has continued to expand toward southern Iraq. That region is where the majority of the country’s oil production is located. Concerns over the crisis led to the increase global oil prices, which makes it more expensive to produce gasoline.
Since none of us can do anything about the price, there are things we can control to save a bit here and there.
How to save gas from AAA for July 4 travel and beyond:
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. 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. Keep the air filter clean. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.
7. Slow down. Every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.
8. Combine errands. If possible, park in a central spot and walk from place to place.
9. Don’t use your trunk for storage. The heavier your car, the more fuel it uses.
10. Shop around for the best price. Gas prices can vary tremendously, which means it can pay to use the AAA mobile app to find the cheapest gas station near you.