Gas prices are on the rise again - one trip to the nearest gas station should be enough to prove that. Retail prices for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline will average $3.86 from April through September, according to the Energy Information Administration, part of the Department of Energy. Here at TripSpot, our editors have found some websites that will help you on your quest to fill the gas tank, without breaking the budget.
The sites below can help you calculate the cost of gas and find the lowest prices, but the Federal Trade Commission suggests many other ways to reduce your spending.
Whenever possible, take public transportation, walk or ride a bike.
When you are driving, be sure to take anything you don't need out of the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 2 percent.
Resist the temptation to speed, because gas mileage will be much less efficient when you are traveling at speeds above 60 mph.
When you can, turn your car off instead of idling. You will save gas and reduce pollution.
Try to complete all of your errands in one outing. This method uses much less gas than if you do them one at a time, starting from home each trip.
Take care of your car. Keeping your engine tuned can increase gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, while replacing air filters regularly can increase it up to 10 percent.
Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned, and increase your gas mileage up to 3 percent.
Visit these sites for more tips and information on the cheapest gas prices around.
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