Utah gas hits record high
May 5, 2007
The Sinclair at Silver Creek boasts high gas prices that mirror that state’s average. The cost of filling up has reached an all-time high in Utah. Drivers are now paying a record-breaking price for gasoline, according to AAA Utah, which tracks gasoline prices as a service to consumers.
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular, self-serve is now $3, an increase of 41 cents from a month ago. The average price of premium grade gas is now $3.05. The national average price is $2.97.
Utah joins 12 other states with average prices over the $3 mark. Motorists in California are paying the highest average price, $3.41. The lowest average state price is recorded at $2.78 in New Jersey.
"Gasoline prices are being propelled higher partly as a result of high crude oil prices," said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokesperson. "Another factor may be the low inventories of gasoline as we approach the summer driving season with its high demand."
There are several ways drivers can increase their fuel efficiency. These include:
*Stick to regular unleaded. Don’t "treat" your car to higher priced premium fuel unless your car specifically requires it.
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*Check your tires. Improperly inflated tires are a safety hazard and can cut fuel economy.
*De-junk the trunk. Carrying around infrequently used materials like sports equipment adds extra weight to your car and decreases fuel efficiency.
*Adjust your driving behavior. Maintain a steady speed, minimize braking by anticipating traffic conditions and travel at moderate speeds.
*Take care of your car. Dirty air filters increase fuel consumption. Defective radiator thermostats or a stuck brake caliper are also common maintenance issues that can contribute to wasted fuel.
Another way consumers can reduce the amount they spend on fuel is to shop aggressively for the lowest price. AAA Utah has a tool that can help. Located online at http://www.aaa.com/gasprices, the AAA Fuel Finder has real time information on gas prices at more than 85,000 gas stations throughout the United States.
Drivers can also log on to http://www.gasbuddy.com to see what drivers report as the lowest and highest gas prices in a community.