Rise in gas prices lead to changes in driving habits

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

SHERMAN, TX -- The price of gas in Texas has gone up almost 10 cents a gallon in the past few days and as fuel prices continue to rise drivers are finding ways to conserve.

A recent AAA survey says 84 percent of people polled are changing their driving habits to save gas. From combining errands to researching the lowest prices, but auto experts say there are even more ways you can ease the pain at the pump.

Mark Leatherwood says it has been just one giant pinch at the pump lately, but he has found a way to save.

"Most of some of the big grocery store chains and some of the different vendors are offering discounts on their gas so typically we'll use those and where ever we buy groceries we buy gas there so we're saving some money on gas that way," Leatherwood said.

Reports more and more people like Leatherwood are changing their driving habits. An estimated 16 percent of people are buying or leasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Richard Harrison, General Sales Manager, at Texoma Hyundai says in the past few weeks he has seen a specific trend in business.

"What people are doing is they're parking their big SUVs their trucks and they're coming in and taking a look at a car that they normally wouldn't take a look at," Harrison said.

Harrison says if you do a lot of traveling buying an economic car will save you tremendously in the long-run.

"$500 dollars a month is what we've averaged the savings is," Harrison said.

He says there are also ways to increase the fuel efficiency of your current vehicle.

"If you can't get into a new vehicle you have to properly maintain it. You have to check your tire pressure, you have to make sure your oil and filter are changed. Your air filters in there," Harrison said.

"Fuel filters are important, changing the spark plugs on time," Clint Davis, Service Advisor at Texoma Hyundai, said.

Davis says another key to saving gas is being a cautious driver. It not only helps keep you safe, but increases the mile you get per gallon.

"Just keeping it at the speed limit and not accelerating hard from a stop sign really does help," Davis said.

Davis also says paying attention to your service engine light and fixing any small problems before they become big ones could save you hundreds of dollars.

If you are looking for the cheapest gas prices in your area visit Gas Buddy.

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