According to AAA, gas prices are soon expected to be at their highest levels since the summer of 2015. Americans can expect to pay as much as $2.70 per gallon this spring – nearly 40 cents more per gallon than this time last year. Experts say that instability in some oil-producing regions, high crude oil prices, and high domestic demand have combined to drive up gas prices this year, with additional spikes sure to come. As of February 28, a gallon of unleaded gas in Colorado cost an average of $2.41, up from $2.20 this time last year, but Colorado’s gas prices are still 12 cents below the national average. Prices are expected to continue to increase, at least for the next couple months, as warmer weather continues to drive up demand. A list of steps to take to conserve gas is available below.
Fuel Savings Tips for Consumers
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s American Driving Survey, on average Americans drive 32 miles a day and spend 51 minutes behind the wheel. AAA offers a few ways to conserve fuel:
- Slow down. The faster you drive the more fuel you use. Every 5 mph over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.18 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 long-term 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.