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Gas prices have increased exponentially over the last few weeks and have hit a record high in some areas. But there are ways to save money and get the most out of every trip to the pump. According to AAA, there are several ways you can maximize your savings, and it isn’t just about finding the lowest gas price.

 

  • Drive evenly: Frequent bursts of acceleration or braking can reduce mileage. Once up to speed, maintain a steady pace. According to Consumer Reports, the harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use. Unnecessary braking wastes the gas you used to get up to speed.

 

  • According to AAA, keep tires properly inflated: Having underinflated tires reduces fuel economy. Tires low on air also negatively affect handling and braking, leading to more rapid wear and tear, overheating, and blowout.

 

  •  Loyalty programs: Almost all gas stations have a loyalty program that offers cents off your purchase, and rewards accounts are often linked to a gas card. Discounts from some programs, such as Shell Fuel Rewards and Kroger Fuel Points, can be stacked on a gas payment card savings.

 

  •  Buy smart: When buying a car, look for models that offer the best fuel economy in their class. For most drivers, larger or more powerful engines aren’t necessary.