Rising gas prices could have not come at a worse time. Summer just begun, families are starting to plan summer vacations, and we just got rid of the cold weather. It’s finally 80 degrees and people are ready to vacation, but how can they when gas prices have increased nearly five cents per gallon in the last week and will continue to increase in the coming weeks. The national average gasoline price is at its highest point since November 2014. Many would ask why? The long term OPEC production cuts, the U.S. exiting the Iran nuclear deal, declining U.S. oil inventories, and high demand in summer months due to seasonal changes, are all reasons that are contributing to high gasoline prices.
Summer is the time to spend with your family making memories and enjoy the beautiful weather Michigan has to offer. Gas prices shouldn’t even be on your mind…but unfortunately due to increased prices today they are. Here are some helpful tips on ways to save on gas:
✔ Download a gas app and find the best
✔ Avoid long idling (start-stop, avoiding traffic jams)
✔ Remove unnecessary weight from your car (clean it, remove heavy items from trunk)
✔ Keep tires inflated and at the right pressure
✔ Use Cruise control on the highway
✔ Drive the posted speed limit (The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates a 10- to 15-percent improvement in fuel economy by driving 55 instead of 65 mph.)
✔ Keep up with car maintenance (Oil changes, clean air filters)
✔ Use Air Conditioning Sparingly
✔ Park in the shade (Less gas is evaporated when car is out of the sun, AC works less hard to cool down car)
✔ Avoid rapid accelerations and weaving in and out of traffic
Due to increased gasoline prices, fuel economy is something vehicle owners should consider if your looking to save some extra cash. Many conventional vehicles today offer impressive fuel economy, especially if your trading in a older vehicle for a newer one. Check out the FamilyDeal.com for fuel efficient vehicles.