Gas prices spike as memorial day weekend nears toledo gsa 2016

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But bargains can be found if you look. The cheapest price in the state on Thursday was an unbelievable $2.71 at a station named Gasland in Helmetta and most of the lowest discount prices were in the $2.71 to $2.78 a gallon range, according to Gas Buddy, which crowd sources the lowest and highest prices. Gas prices are on the rise, just as many families are planning to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend.

Gas tends to be more expensive at stations along or near highways, highly trafficked areas and affluent neighborhoods, Sinclair said. The same brand and grade of gas can have a 25 cent price difference at stations as close as a quarter mile from one another, due to those circumstances, he said.

Some highway corridors are havens for good gas prices, such as the Route 1 corridor between Edison and New Brunswick, Route 9 south of the Raritan River in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, sections of Route 22 in Union County, Route 41 in Deptford, and Route 168 between Mount Ephraim and Runnemede.

AAA estimates that consumers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2014. The national average for regular gasoline has risen to $2.95 a gallon, and prices will likely climb a few more pennies before the unofficial start of summer. Higher gas prices won’t deter road-trippers, though, with 36.6 million Americans projected to hit the road this Memorial Day—a 4.7% increase over last year.

Some credit cards offer bonus rewards when paying for gas. Websites including WalletHub allow users to sort through credit cards that offer fuel rewards. For example, the Bank of America Cash Rewards credit card offers 3% cash back on gas, compared to 2% at grocery stores and 1% on other purchases, according to WalletHub. Grocery chains like Safeway and Kroger also offer fuel discounts in partnership with gas stations.

During a period of rising gas prices, drivers should plan on filling up the tank in the morning. Gas stations typically set prices early, around 10 a.m. Commuters should also avoid buying gas on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, when gas stations anticipate strong demand. Experts say it’s best to visit the gas station on Wednesday.

Quick acceleration, braking and speeding can cut gas mileage by 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic, according to FuelEconomy.gov. To save gas, drivers can gradually accelerate, allow their vehicles to coast and avoid slamming on the brakes when approaching a red light. Using cruise control also helps save gas.

Many modern vehicles have engine stop-start technology, which automatically shuts down the engine when idling at a red light and restarts it when the brake is released. Some cars don’t allow drivers to turn the system off, but make sure stop-start is activated to help save gas. Idling an engine can use more gas than restarting it.

Cars that are properly maintained and pass emissions tests can improve gas mileage by an average of 4%, according to FuelEconomy.gov. Tires that are inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications offer a 0.6% benefit to fuel economy on average. Tire pressure specifications are typically found in the driver’s side door jamb, the glove box or the owner’s manual.

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