Gas prices show little relation to decline in driving

April 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Though gas prices remain a significant cost across the U.S., many American drivers have not changed their driving habits to reflect this. According to AAA, drivers are less likely to alter their driving habits in response to high gas prices in 2014 than in the past.

If you're eager to hit the road this summer, the recent decline in gasoline prices may be excellent news. Even if you don't want to change your driving habits to save money on gasoline, however, there are some easy steps you can take that will cut the price at the pump.

Simple ways to save on gasoline
According to The Car Care Council, there are some simple ways to boost the fuel economy of your vehicle, leading to a heightened degree of efficiency when you get behind the wheel. The source noted that getting a car tune up can assist in improving gas mileage by up to 4 percent. This can make a big impact on a wallet, and will undoubtedly be a welcome development for anyone infatuated with road trips or concerned about the costs of the morning commute.

"Many motorists don't realize that fuel consumption is directly related to auto care and has a significant impact on how much gas you use," said Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council. "Gas prices can climb quickly, but the good news is that you can fight back. By properly maintaining your vehicle, you can improve fuel economy while saving money."

Find fuel suitable to individual vehicle
Another way to catalyze fuel economy is to use the fuel best suited to your vehicle. Many drivers may be unaware of this, especially given the ubiquity of filling a car up with regular unleaded. While it can seem like the more affordable option, using your vehicle with a fuel more suited to its engine can help improve mileage, according to the source. Who knows, perhaps this could even offset the high prices of premium gasoline. A local oil change franchise is another good place to investigate. They can help you delve into the many options for your automobile, hopefully finding a cost-efficient way to travel.

Little change corresponding to gas prices
"Many people seem to be feeling less pressure to make significant changes in their lives on account of high gas prices," said Bob Darbelnet, President and CEO of AAA. "Less expensive gasoline may encourage people to drive more and worry less about the financial burden of filling up their tanks."

Darbelnet's comments come amid a recovering U.S. car market, which is growing more stable and healthy as the economy improves. In this vein, more affordable gasoline can be a welcome addition to the various necessities found in driving. Auto repair is an example of this, as even the highly conscientious driver will eventually have to take his or her car in for a fix. These savings could even open up avenues for other automobile-related pursuits, such as long drives and frequent car washes.

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