AAA Web Sites Help Consumers

    May 23, 2007

As the temperature rises so are gas prices. AAA is offering consumers tips on how to save gas as well as fuel information at two of their Web sites.

AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report offers information on average prices paid at 100,000 gas stations across the country and posts national, state and local averages for the different grades of gasoline.

The AAA Fuel Cost Calculator allows users to plan and budget for the amount of fuel they are likely to use on a long-distance trip. Users enter the trips starting point and destination and the type of vehicle being driven, the site will calculate the miles driven, the amount of fuel that will be used and the cost.

Here are some tips from AAA’s Gas Watcher’s Guide.

Stick to a routine maintenance schedule. Keeping tires inflated, moving components properly lubricated and ignition and emission systems operating properly will help ensure maximum fuel efficiency and extend the life of your vehicle. 

If you own more than one vehicle, use the more energy-conserving vehicle as often as possible.
Consolidate trips and errands to cut down on driving time and miles traveled. When possible, combine them with your daily commute.

If you are going somewhere new, get a map first from an online source such as AAA TripTik ( Getting lost wastes gas as well as time.

Comparison shop by phone or online if possible before heading out on the road.

Slow down. For most vehicles, fuel economy drops off significantly when traveling more than 60 miles per hour. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.

Avoid quick starts and sudden stops. They waste fuel, are harder on vehicle components and increase the odds of a traffic crash.

Lighten your vehicle by cleaning out the trunk, cargo areas and passenger compartments. A heavier vehicle uses more fuel.

Keep your eyes open for low fuel prices but don’t waste gas driving to a distant filling station to save a few cents.