AAA offers tips for saving money at the gas pump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent world oil prices soaring. Here in Alabama, we see gasoline price increases, but it’s still among the lowest in the country.

Right now, Alabama’s average is $3.36. That’s more than 30 cents from a month ago. Meanwhile, the national average is $3.61.

“Most of us still make about the same amount of money, but pay a lot more for everything else. And when you add to that the fact that we’re putting more money in our gas tank every week, it really stings for most people,” said Clay Ingram of AAA.

Ingram says there are ways to save at the pump.

“Fuel conservation is a really important thing that we all need to use. It helps bring gas prices down instead of letting them go up. And it saves us a lot of money,” Ingram said.

Lightening the load on your vehicle and making sure your tires are properly aligned and inflated are just some of the things you can do.

“The general rule of thumb on this is that for every pound of pressure you have an underinflated tire, you can lose up to 2% of your fuel efficiency,” Ingram said.

Probably the biggest fuel saving tip is to change your driving behavior. He says a study has shown that if you switch from a very aggressive driver to a very conservative driver, you can save up to 33% of your fuel costs by making this change.

“The aggressive driving that many of us do and don’t really realize we’re doing, the quick starts, the hard stops, the weaving in and out of lanes and speeding down the freeway, speeding up when you know ‘there’s a red light ahead and then slamming on the brakes, it all uses way, way more fuel than most people realize,’ Ingram said.

AAA suggests people go twice a year and have their car checked once before summer and once before winter.

Despite high gas prices, state tourism director Lee Sentell still expects strong spring break and summer on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

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