Thursday, March 11, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Fuming Over Fuel
Just go to any gas station and you'll find paying at the pump is driving south florida drivers mad. But there are ways to save. In tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we're filling up with some practical tank tips.
(WSVN) -- When it comes to flower power, Heidi Richards is a champ.
As the owner of Eden's Florist in Miramar, she is always working on a new design.
Heidi: "I just start putting the flowers into the arrangement and see what evolves."
But lately, you could say Heidi's business hasn't been blossoming.
The root of her problems - rising gas prices.
Heidi: "We used to be able to fill a tank of gas and it would get us through the day, now its at least two times a day."
Heidi doesn't want to raise prices, but considering her business, she knows money doesn't grow on trees.
Heidi: "Delivery is 90% of our business so it very important. If we can't deliver, we would be out of business."
But there are easy ways for Heidi and her drivers to save... starting with servicing your car.
Make sure all the proper maintenance is done and the tires are fully inflated.
Sylvia Mitchell, American Automobile Association: "All of these things contribute to how we use gas."
Sylvia Mitchell from Triple A also recommends drivers follow the speed limit.
Not only will you avoid getting a ticket, you'll avoid burning extra fuel.
Sylvia: "The faster you go, the more you use."
Plus try not to accelerate or brake hard, and if you can, use the A/C sparingly.
Sylvia: "It just uses more. It uses more fuel."
That's why - if you have the choice - try driving a fuel efficient car.
Remember, four-wheel drives usually use more gas... and automatics usually use more than a stick shift.
You could say Heidi's now planting the seeds for savings.
She's studying all her options, so her customers don't get stuck paying the difference.
Heidi: "I would love to see the price of gas go down. That would be the most ideal thing."
One more tip - shop around.
We found wholesale places like Costco offer gas at about a dime lower than retail.
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