Danville, VA -Gas prices are on the rise again in Virginia, averaging $3.75 a gallon according to AAA, and we have some tips on how you can be more efficient with gas.
According to AAA, Isaac could cause prices to rise even more. Oil production in the Gulf of Mexico basically shut down last week. So, there are fewer barrels on the market.
Like so many of us, Wendy Hall keeps a close eye on gas prices.
"It is a concern," says Hall.
As the costs rise, she worries she will have to put the brakes on some of her driving plans.
"You just do the best you can and hope and pray it slows down, the prices slow down eventually," says Hall.
But there are some simple things you can do to lower the impact on your budget.
"You would be amazed at the week's end or at the month's end by taking care and correcting these little issues how much better your mileage will be and save you 5 or 10 dollars per tank full," says Lawrence Woodson, owner of Woodson Marathon.
First, car maintenance is key. Make sure your air filters are clean and your oil is changed.
"If you've got dirty, sludgy, oil, your engine is working harder. If your engine is working harder, you use more gas to perform," says Woodson.
It's important that you make sure your tires are inflated. But instead of going by the pounds per square inch on the door of your car, go by the number on your tire.
"It lets the tire last longer. It also lets the tire perform better to allow your car to have a better mileage," says Woodson.
Also, ease up on the pedal. Speeding ahead at a light really only puts you behind on mileage.
"A lot smoother and not having that road rage, just sit back and let it flow with you will be a whole lot easier on your pocket book in the end," says Woodson.
Experts also say it's a better idea to roll up your windows and use your vehicle's air conditioning. That's because there's less resistance when the windows are up so your car doesn't have to work as hard.