We see nationally, gas prices are up, in part due to the Colonial Pipeline issues and reopening of many businesses around the United States. Prices are up more than a dollar in every region except Central Atlantic from a year ago, with the Lower Atlantic (Southeastern US) up 9 cents on average.
We anticipate gas prices continuing to increase consistently through the summer. Diesel is above $3 nationally except on the Gulf Coast and has topped $4 per gallon in California.
Use the AAA Gas Price Finder to find gas stations and the cheapest gas in the area near you. Simply type in your city, state, and ZIP code to find the most up-to-date fuel prices in your area.
Finding the cheapest gas prices isn't the only way to save money on gas. There are other great ways to make sure you're using as little gasoline as possible.
Be sure your car is properly maintained. A faulty oxygen sensor in your engine can wipe out 40% of your fuel economy. After a proper tune-up, drivers see an average of 4% increases in fuel efficiency, according to the US Department of Energy. Want some help with that? Schedule an appointment at a AAA Car Center center to get a thorough checkout.
Inflate your car tires to the maximum safe limit specified by your vehicle manufacturer. Underinflated car tires may provide a slightly more smooth ride, but at the expense of lower fuel efficiency. For every 1 PSI under the recommended maximum limit, you lose 0.2% of your gas mileage. If your tires will support 38 PSI and you're riding around at 28 PSI, you could be losing 2% of your gas mileage.
Get the correct motor oil. The wrong motor oil can reduce gas mileage and gas savings by 1-2%, like using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 or 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20. Be sure to look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol; energy-conserving motor oil will help engine performance.
Change or clean your air filters! In 2009, the Department of Energy found that the difference in fuel economy between a new air filter and a clogged air filter was a whopping 14% drag on your gas mileage. Make sure you're bringing your car in for regular oil changes and air filter checks to keep it running the best.
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(source data: https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/ )>