Gas prices 2022: AAA shares tips to help you save at the pump

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) — Pump prices are raising eyebrows in the Philadelphia area.

“It’s outrageous, it’s ridiculous,” said Terrence Manopello of Bridgeport.

“It hurts my pockets,” said Derrick Brown of West Philadelphia.

Gas prices are up 40% from December 2020. The average is around $3.56 per gallon in the tri-state area.

“We’re looking at prices in some parts of our region, double digits last week and that’s mostly because of what’s happening overseas,” AAA spokeswoman Jana Tidwell said. “The tension between Russia and Ukraine is definitely pushing the price of crude oil higher.”

AAA said Russia feared reacting to potential Western sanctions by withholding crude oil from an already tight global market, driving up prices and forcing drivers to react accordingly.

“It makes me think about my commute like, ‘Should I take the train into town because of the traffic, and I’m going to burn more gas?'” said Derrick Brown of West Philadelphia.

“I think it’s ridiculous that we have to pay an arm and a leg just to move around,” said Plymouth Meeting’s Laurie D’Marco.

As drivers try to find ways to save more money, AAA says to think about what’s inside your car.

“Another thing to think about is getting the trash out of your trunk,” Tidwell said. “Many of us, I’ve been guilty of, use our trunk for storage. The heavier the vehicle, the more gas it takes to propel it.”

Here are some other AAA tips to help you save:

Ownership, maintenance and repairs

  • When buying a car, look for models that offer best-in-class fuel economy. For most riders, a larger and/or more powerful optional motor is not necessary.
  • Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Modern cars don’t need ‘tune-ups’, but regular maintenance will ensure optimum fuel economy, performance and longevity.
  • Take your car to a repair shop as soon as possible if the “Check Engine” light comes on. This indicates a problem that is causing excessive emissions and likely reducing fuel economy.
  • Keep tires properly inflated. Under-inflation reduces fuel economy, but more importantly, tires with low air content degrade handling and braking, wear out faster, and can overheat and explode.

The daily commute

  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. On the highway, aerodynamic drag causes a significant drop in fuel economy when speed exceeds 80 km/h.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and strong accelerations. These actions significantly increase fuel consumption.

Idle or not idle.

  • Avoid prolonged idling to warm up the engine, even in winter. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Avoid prolonged idling in general. If your car is stopped for more than 60 seconds, turn off the engine to save fuel. Many newer cars have automatic engine stop-start systems that do this.
  • When driving around town, adjust your speed to “synchronize” traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration which consumes extra fuel.
  • When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the accelerator early and let your car slow down until it’s time to brake.
  • Accelerate gently with light to moderate throttle. This allows the automatic transmission to shift up to higher gears more quickly, reducing engine speed and saving fuel.
  • Use cruise control to maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads, as this could result in loss of vehicle control.
  • If your car has a manual transmission, upshift as soon as you can without “dragging” the engine. When convenient, you can also save fuel by upshifting, such as going straight from first to third.

Don’t be fed wasting gas
The above practices will definitely help improve fuel economy. Also keep in mind these more general fuel saving tips:

  • Minimize your use of air conditioning. Even at highway speeds, open windows have less of an effect on fuel economy than the engine power needed to run the air conditioning compressor.
  • Plan ahead to complete multiple errands in one trip and, whenever possible, travel outside of peak traffic hours of the day.
  • If you own more than one car, use the most fuel-efficient model that meets the needs of a given trip.

Fuel Economy Myths

  • In hot weather, park in the shade or use a sun visor to reduce heat buildup inside the car. This reduces the need for air conditioning (and therefore fuel) to cool the car.
  • Remove unnecessary and bulky items from your car. It takes more fuel to accelerate a heavier car, and the reduction in fuel economy is greater for smaller cars than for larger models.
  • Minimize your use of roof bars and remove special carriers when not in use. On the highway, even an empty bike rack, canoe or ski rack can reduce fuel economy, and a loaded rack or container on top of the car will have a major effect on fuel consumption. gasoline.
  • AAA research has found that unless premium fuel is recommended or required by your car manufacturer, it provides no additional benefit. Motorists should refer to their vehicle’s owner’s manual to verify which type of gasoline is recommended for their engine.

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