Gas prices in Florida are on the rise as spring breakers make their way into the Sunshine State.

“The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline increased nearly a dime since last week to $3.46, while Floridians are paying an average price of $3.31 per gallon. Osceola County is seeing prices a nickel cheaper with an average gallon of regular unleaded at $3.26.

Refineries conducting spring maintenance and getting ready to switch to summer gasoline, coupled with the increase in traffic from spring break, are fueling these hikes,” according to said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

Fuel-Economy Tips

  • Keep the tank at least half full.
  • Check online. Apps and websites like GasBuddy can show you where the best local gas prices are.
  • Minimize travel. Reduce unnecessary travel when prices are high and make those trips when prices dip
  • Obey speed limits. When you drive, follow the speed limits and drive smoothly, you’ll see the difference
  • Drive evenly. Avoid hitting the gas pedal and brakes hard whenever possible.
  • Pay attention to aerodynamics. Remove roof racks when they are not being used. At highway speeds, more than 50 percent of engine power goes to overcoming aerodynamic drag.
  • Buy good-quality gas, “top-tier” brands that are held to a higher standard including Chevron, Costco, Exxon, Mobil, and Shell. Beware that many familiar brands do not have Top Tier gas.
  • Skip the premium. Save money and skip premium gas unless it is “required” by your vehicle.
  • Check tire pressure. Check your tire pressure. Having tires with lower pressure can affect performance, tire longevity, and fuel economy and cost you cash
  • Skip the AC. Using air conditioning does consume gas, so when possible reduce AC use.

Source: AAA, Gas Buddy