AAA Helps Consumers Fight High Gas Prices with Cost-Saving Tips and Valuable Internet Resources

Retail Gasoline Prices Approach Record Highs


BUFFALO, NY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008
- With soaring gas prices squeezing many household budgets, AAA is helping consumers with tips on how to save gas and web sites dedicated to providing fuel information. The average price per gallon in the Buffalo area as is $3.32, approaching the previous record high of $3.44 set in September 2005. The average price in Syracuse is $3.32, just one cent from the previous record high of $3.33 in September 2005, and the average price in Rochester is $3.32, also just one cent from their previous record high of $3.33 set in September 2005.

"With fuel prices rising to new record levels, motorists need information on what they can do to conserve and stay within the family budget," said Tom Chestnut, President/CEO of AAA Western and Central New York. "Over 70% of a driver's daily travel is for family, social, or recreational purposes, so there are opportunities for consumers to cut back on driving."

AAA.com features two web sites devoted to providing fuel information to consumers. The AAA Fuel Gauge Report (www.aaafuelgaugereport.com) includes averages of prices paid at over 85,000 gas stations across the country and posts daily national, state and local averages for each of the major grades of gasoline. AAA's Fuel Price Finder offers the latest gas prices to help consumers find the least expensive fuel no matter where they are driving in the United States. The Fuel Price Finder is a helpful tool located in AAA.com's Press Room and can also be accessed by visiting AAA.com/gas.

AAA also offers the following fuel-saving tips to drivers:

  • Stick to a routine maintenance schedule. Keeping tires properly inflated, moving components properly lubricated, and ignition and emission systems operating properly will help ensure maximum fuel efficiency and extend the life of your vehicle.
  • If you own more than one vehicle, use the more energy-conserving vehicle as often as possible.
  • Consolidate trips and errands to cut down on driving time and miles traveled. When possible, combine them with your daily commute. Consider carpool options for work and school functions.
  • Comparison shop online for the lowest possible price before heading out on the road. Visit AAA's Fuel Price Finder at AAA.com.
  • Slow down. The faster a vehicle travels, the more fuel it burns.
  • Avoid quick starts and sudden stops. They waste fuel, are harder on vehicle components, and increase the odds of a traffic crash.
  • Use credit cards, such as the AAA Visa, that offer rebates on gasoline purchases. The AAA Visa® credit card offers a rebate of up to five percent on gasoline purchases made at the pump.
  • Lighten your vehicle by cleaning out the trunk, cargo areas and passenger compartments. A heavier vehicle uses more fuel.

Information included on the AAA Fuel Gauge Report and AAA Fuel Price Finder is based on data from Oil Price Information Service, the nation's most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information.

As Upstate New York's largest motoring and travel organization, AAA provides its 880,000 members with travel, insurance, financial, and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited at www.AAA.com.

 

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