Thursday, September 1, 2005
More Bang for Your Buck: Gas
Even before Katrina, gas prices were becoming a major concern. But today, Governor Bush sent out a message for all Floridians to conserve fuel. So in tonight's More Bang for the Buck, we found a few ways to pay less at the pump.
WSVN--From nearly four dollars in North Carolina to almost six dollars in Georgia to regular gas sign - three dollars in South Florida, people are feeling pinched at the pump.
David Denberg: "Today, it looks like theres no ceiling. Theres no ceiling on it whatsoever."
Alex Ramos: "I feel like im working to put gas in my car."
But this may only be the beginning. In the weeks ahead, consumers can expect to see prices going up and fuel levels going down. Unfortunately, when the president opened the petroleum reserve, that wasn't enough. If you want to watch your wallet, you'll have to take matters into your own hands - literally next time your at the pump, do not top off. The excess gas goes into an overfill pipe and spills out when you turn off your vehicle.
Marco Baldiabaa: "This is amazing. Very amazing - the prices. But I have to fill my car. I need to work."
When it's time to pay, use a credit card issued by one of the oil companies. It will save you as much as six percent.
As for maintenance, make sure your tires are properly inflated and make sure you don't procrastinate on an oil change. Robert Brugera from 79th street auto says It will save you in the long run.
Robert Brugera from 79th Street Auto: "If a car is misfiring, it's not going to burn fuel properly so it's going to waste more gas."
Then when it's time to hit the road, try not to put the ac on full blast and try not to go over the speed limit. The faster you drive, the faster you burn fuel.
Robert Brugera: "Normally, if you keep your speed 60, 65 miles an hour you should be better off than if you speed 80, 90 miles per hour. You're going to waste more gas."
And finally, take a road trip onto the information highway. A website called miamigasprices.com lists the cheapest prices in dade and broward. Over time, you won't waste gas looking for gas.
One more note - you're going to see a lot of gadgets on the internet promising to save you money on gas. All we can say is we tried many of them and buyer beware.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Miami Gas Prices