Memorial Day Weekend 2013: How to Save on Gas

Friday, 24 May 2013 12:02 PM

By Megan Anderle

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The price of gas just got a bit higher, like it does every Memorial Day Weekend, and AAA predicts fewer Americans will be on the road this year.

The weekly average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.67, up 7 cents from a week earlier, according to the Department of Energy.

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The 7-cent increase might not seem like a lot, but it adds up. For instance, filling up your gas tank for a drive from Minneapolis to the Grand Canyon could cost up to $200 more today than it would have a month ago, according to ABC News.

AAA Travel projects 34.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 0.9 percent decrease from the 35.1 million people who traveled last year. The agency says the reasons behind the anticipated drop are the decline in air travel of eight percent, fee fatigue among travelers and a waffling economy.

Gas prices will start coming down in June, AAA reported. For now, though, it will be a pricey holiday weekend at the pump, likely the most expensive since 2011, according to ABC News.

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Here are tips on how to save a little on gas this weekend:
  • Keep your car out of the sun as much as possible. It prevents gas from evaporating out of the tank.
  • Skip air conditioning when not on the highway, instead keep the windows open to for the best mileage.
  • Travel light -- removing excess weight from the car improves gas mileage.
  • Make sure your tires are fully inflated before embarking on your trip.
  • Use cruise control whenever possible to avoid excessive idling.
  • Wear thin shoes or socks if you're driving rather than boots or thick shoes. This allows for a more precise feel of pedal pressure.
  • Plan your route before heading out on the road to figure out the most efficient way of travelling.
  • Change your air filter before heading out. A dirty filter can easily decrease your MPG by 1-2 miles, according to

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