Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 12 cents to $4.98. Florida is moving upward a bit more slowly and is currently at $4.82, while the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Osceola County is at $4.84.
According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks decreased while gasoline demand grew as drivers continue to fuel up for the summer driving season, typically a time when gas demand increases. This dynamic between decreased supply and increased demand is contributing to rising prices at the pump. This coupled with increasing crude oil prices means that the price of gas will likely remain high for the near future.
Gas prices in Florida have increased 15 cents since last week, 54 cents since last month and $1.85 since last year.
Regardless of the vehicle you drive, these fuel efficiency tips from State Farm may help you save gas.
Perform routine maintenance
Your car needs the right proportions of air and fuel to run efficiently. A well-maintained vehicle will run at its best, and often use fuel more efficiently
Keep tires rotated and inflated to ideal pressure
To help evenly distribute the wear and tear on your tires, the recommendation is to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Under-inflated tires tend to decrease mileage. (They’re dangerous, too.) Check manufacturers’ recommendations and make sure your tires are inflated to the maximum PSI, measured when cold.
Glide into your stops
As you approach a stop sign or light, take your foot off the gas pedal earlier and let your car downshift before applying the brake.
Drive at moderate speeds
While every vehicle is different, mileage decreases quite rapidly over 50 mph in most cases. To save gas, stay at or under the speed limit, and drive at a consistent rate of speed. Use cruise control on long trips.
Aggressive driving habits such as gunning the engine, speeding, screeching around corners and jamming on the gas pedal are major fuel wasters. Avoid fast acceleration and generally drive in a measured and moderate fashion to achieve top fuel savings.
Keep your car aerodynamic
Good aerodynamics affect your car’s fuel efficiency by reducing drag, especially at high speeds. Keep windows and moon roof closed on the freeway. Even keeping the car’s exterior clean can make a difference.
You’ll cut per-person fuel consumption in half when you share a ride. Ask friends and colleagues who live near you or frequent the same places you do to share a ride. You can split gas costs as many ways as there are passengers.