High Gas Prices along with Shortages cause Consumers to Save Money and Use Less Gas
September 5th, 2005
Gas Prices Soar
Gas prices are on the rise with
prices around $3 a gallon across the country as President Bush taps
into reserves and some southeast and Midwest gas stations close
stations to minimize losses.
The prices of gas has soured
enough that gas stations are sometimes opting to close the pumps or
not restocking because they would not be able to compete and are not
willing to lose on sales at the pump. Some wholesale gasoline
distributors have been limiting the amount a station can purchase to
prevent hoarding in the retail market.
Customers have become more
concerned about not being able to get gas due to the closures of the
gas pumps. Despite the high prices and the financial crunch the gas
prices have on people, they still are willing to buy the gas out of
Places were there has been
reports of gas stations not restocking gas were in Atlanta, parts of
North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona.
Cambridge Energy Research's
Daniel Yergin said "Depending on what we learn in the next few days
this may be the biggest oil-supply shock since the 1970s. We are now
in the days of reckoning,"
Here are some tips for
maintaining your vehicle to be more fuel efficient. Try driving a
smaller fuel efficient car instead of a SUV or van. Improve gas
performance up to 25% by getting a tune up on the vehicle. Make
sure your car has steel-belted radial tires; this will help with up
to a 10% increase in fuel efficiency. Use the cheapest gas if you
can and only if your car is not making noises. Make sure that you
check your tire pressure weekly. If your tire pressure is under
inflated you can use 30% more gas to get around town.
When driving the car use these
strategies to conserve fuel. Donít let your car idle to warm up as
it will waste around one quart of gas every 15 minutes. Accelerate
gradually and evenly with no fast pedal to the metal driving. Try
to anticipate driving situations before you arrive to them by
letting off the gas gradually to slow down before putting on the
break. Drive at a steady pace on the highway and try not to drive
to fast or to slow. It can take 30% and 20% more gas by driving at
speeds that are 50 mph and 70mph.
You can also save money on gas
by sharing rides with others going to and from work and school.
Also plan your shopping trips so that you get more done each time
when you drive around town. Walk or ride a bike to places if
you can, not only will you save money on gas you will get exercise
at the same time.
Alternative fuel vehicles that
use Ethanol based fuel may become common. Ethanol is derived
from fermented corn and is a booming market in the Midwest. At only
85 cents a gallon it has the potential for people to make the
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