Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Smart Shopping: Gas
We've all seen soaring gas prices in the last couple of months, but tonight we're going to show you how to save at the pump. Seven's Reed Cowan has some gas saving tips in tonight's "Smart Shopping."
WSVN -- Thirty, 60 even $90.
Clara Arango: "Every little move that I do, I have to think about gasoline."
Clara Arango says paying more for gas means she's having to cut somewhere else in her budget.
And that's because the price per gallon is up about $.30 since last month and still rising.
Clara Arango: "Gasoline is the biggest bill that you pay, so I'm even thinking to change my car."
The good news is there are ways to save.
Juan Rivera, from the American Automobile Association, says to first keep up with your car's maintenance.
Juan Rivera: "Check the engine for oil change, filter change, to see that the engine is working properly."
Tires should also be checked regularly.
Juan Rivera: "It matters in the long run because this is long-term expectations of saving money."
At the pump, stop filling after the first click.
Juan Rivera: "Avoid filling the tank to the top."
It will prevent overflow.
And pump on the lowest speed to minimize vapors and get more for your money.
Plus, do not get gas if there's a tanker truck pumping into the storage, you may pick up dirt that normally settles at the bottom.
Now, while you're on the road, keep track of your gas mileage to make sure your car is running at its best. Another fuel saving tip, avoid quick starts and sudden stops.
And look for gas rebate programs, such as the AAA Visa card and, of course, shop around. Websites like www.gasbuddy.com let you find the cheapest gas in your neighborhood. As a last resort, you can always try car pooling.
Juan Rivera: "Call your supervisor, your manager and just have a little meeting on who lives close to where, and then get together and plan some good, effective car pooling."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
American Automobile Association
7074 SW 117th Ave
Miami, FL 33183