Gas-Saving Tips as Prices Are Poised to Rise

AAA offers advice to consumers ahead of the anticipated price spike headed to the pumps in early April.

byKate Gibson| UPDATED Mar 2, 2018 12:38 PM
Gas-Saving Tips as Prices Are Poised to Rise

While pump prices are not expected to do a repeat of the four-year period ending in 2014, when motorists were paying on average $3.47 a gallon, the coming month will have costs rising to levels not seen since the summer of 2015.

That's according to AAA, which projects the national average will rise to as much as $2.70 a gallon this spring, which would be the highest since hitting $2.81 more than two years ago.  

Some states, such as California, might see gas prices hit four bucks a gallon starting in April, the motorist club cautions, while adding a move to $4.00 a gallon would be temporary.

“Consumers can expect prices to likely increase throughout April, May and into the start of summer," said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Americans on average drive 32 miles a day and spend 51 minutes behind the wheel, according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

For those looking to take the sting out of the anticipated pricier gas, AAA offers the following tips for consumers: 

  • Slow down. The faster you drive the more fuel you use. Every five miles per hour over 50 miles per hour is like paying an additional 18 cents per gallon, according to the Department of Energy.
  • Share work or school rides by carpooling or consider public transportation.
  • Do not use your trunk for storage. The heavier your car, the more fuel it uses.
  • Combine errands. If possible, park in a central spot and walk from place to place.