Gas prices have hit record highs here in Florida, across the nation and around the world.
Florida’s gas prices broke a record-high Tuesday with the state’s average now at $4.15 per gallon, as President Biden announced the U.S. to ban Russian oil imports.
The previous all-time high was $4.08 per gallon on July 16, 2008, though when adjusted for inflation, that equals out to be about $5.33 nowadays. While prices like that might seem far off, experts say you might be paying $5 a gallon at the pump before you know it.
Whether you're planning a road trip or just trying to get to work every day, there are ways to make your tank of gasoline stretch even father.
Here's what AAA suggests for pinching gas pennies:
Speed is the biggest factor when it comes to getting good gas mileage. According to AAA, driving at 55 miles per hour is the magic number. Every five miles you drive over 50 increases how much you're paying at the pump. AAA says "reducing highway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy 7 to 14 percent." Also, use cruise control when you can to stay at consistent speeds on the highway.
Easy on the brake
Let your foot off the gas as soon as possible when you see a red light coming. And when the light turns green, resist the urge to gun it. Hard breaking and acceleration can cut your gas mileage by two to three miles per gallon.
Avoid unnecessary drag on your vehicle, like driving with the windows down. If you’re driving a truck, it’s better to keep that tailgate up.
Ditch dead weight
Don’t use your trunk or hatch for storage. Carrying just an extra 100 pounds of weight costs you an extra 4 to 7 cents per gallon.
Turn it off
Avoid letting your car idle for too long. If you’re parked for more than 10 seconds, you actually use more gas sitting there with the car running, than you do by turning it off and restarting.
Keep it clean
In older cars, a dirty air filter reduces your fuel economy and increases exhaust emission. In newer cars, computers control the air flow, but a dirty filter still slows your acceleration.
Plan your rides
Avoid rush hour when you can, and plan your errands smarter. Try to combine trips when you can to avoid unneccesary driving.