Gas Prices Got You Down?

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance

Mike J. Gold
Managing Broker
RE/MAX Horizons Group
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Gas Prices Got You Down?

With skyrocketing gas prices, the frustration over what you pay at the pump is in the forefront of most of our minds. 

USA consumes 400 million gallons of gasoline every day. This red hot demand for gas has pushed gas prices to record highs. Colorado gas prices often vary significantly. In many areas, fuel prices can vary by 20-30 cents per gallon or more within a very small area. This makes it even more important for motorists to shop around to find the best deal on fuel. .

Let's take a look at Colorado gas prices as an exaple.  The average gas price at present time is hovering near $4.00 per gallon.  This number can really make people consider leaving the car at home.  I want to offer you more resources to help you stay informed and help you take back some control over what you pay for gas.

Some great resouces I've found:

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1 Avoid High Speeds - As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.


2 Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard - By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.


3 Keep Tires Properly Inflated - Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.


4 Use A/C Sparingly - When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.


5 Keep Windows Closed - Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.


6 Service Vehicle Regularly - Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel
economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels. 


7 Use Cruise Control - Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.

8 Avoid Heavy Loads - Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.

9 Avoid Long Idles - If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

10 Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle - When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle's rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will provide you with great fuel economy.

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