How to save cash with pricey gas

May 19, 2008 3:45:45 PM PDT
This bad news is only going to get worse. Experts warn we should not expect relief at the pump anytime soon. As long as the price of crude oil stays high, so will the price of gas. Gas prices are so high some are resorting to stealing it, siphoning gas out of other people's cars. That's why Mark Sierra of South Philadelphia just bought a gas cap that locks!

People in Conshohocken were paying more than $4.00 per gallon this afternoon.

So what can you do to save?

Be selective about where you buy. Gas at a station right off the Blue Route is $4.03, but less than a mile down the road the same brand of gas is 23-cents cheaper per gallon.

Cathy Rossi from AAA tells us, "They're going to charge what they think they can get, and if they're in a high volume, high traffic area where people are willing to pay more, they just might charge a little bit more."

Also, make sure your tires have the proper air pressure. "Underinflated tires or overinflated tires are a safety risk and will waste fuel efficiency. In fact, underinflated tires - you will lose two miles per gallon of gas," says Rossi.

Avoid rapid, sudden starts and stops. Slow down and use cruise control for a savings of 7-percent. And lighten your load. The Department of Energy estimates you can save six cents or more per gallon just by removing those golf clubs and other weighty items from your trunk.