Mid-South gas prices skyrocket - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South gas prices skyrocket

The price for gas in Memphis has risen six cents in just seven days - to $3.43 a gallon in the Memphis area. The price for gas in Memphis has risen six cents in just seven days - to $3.43 a gallon in the Memphis area.

(WMC-TV) - The price for gas in Memphis has risen six cents in just seven days - to $3.43 a gallon in the Memphis area.

The average price per gallon of gas has surpassed $3.50 in the past, but never this early in the year.

According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, a year ago Tennessee was at $2.99 a gallon. Currently, the state is at six cents below the national average of $3.51.

"I think it's the government's fault - not to do anything about it, and the way the economy is - they can make it easier on everyone by lowering the gas prices," said gas customer Robert Keener.

AAA Memphis Travel and Motor Club Manager Cheryl J. Keating said motorists will need to do what they can to increase their fuel efficiency. Here is a list of tips she recommends:

  • Do not leave your vehicle in idle: A vehicle gets zero miles per gallon when it sits motionless with the engine running and wastes fuel producing unfriendly emissions that harm the environment. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.
  • Drive sensibly and safely: Aggressive driving, speeding, and rapid acceleration waste gas and can lower gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent in city limits. Sensible driving not only saves gas, but is safer for yourself and those around you.
  • Remove excess weight: Remove unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in a vehicle can reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
  • Keep up on car maintenance: Stick to a routine maintenance schedule. Keeping tires inflated, moving components properly lubricated and ignition and emission systems operating properly will help ensure maximum fuel efficiency and extend the life of your vehicle. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that properly inflating your tires can increase fuel efficiency by 3 percent.
  • Avoid constant braking: Minimize the need to brake by anticipating traffic conditions. Be alert for slowdowns and red lights ahead of you, and decelerate by coasting whenever possible.
  • Use the air conditioner conservatively: Most air conditioners have an "economy" or "recirculation" setting that reduces the amount of hot outside air that must be chilled. Both settings can reduce the air-conditioning load — and save gas.
  • Consolidate trips: Consolidate errands to cut down on driving time and miles traveled.

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