Check your car, save gas

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

SHERMAN, TX- Texomans hitting the road for the holiday weekend will encounter gas prices near 4 dollars, but according to a local mechanic, there are some easy ways to save.
Travelers packed gas stations Friday afternoon and watched the digits keep rollling as they filled up their tanks. According to Gasbuddy.com, the national gas price average was $3.83, $3.75 in Texas and $3.68 in Oklahoma.
Susanne Wegner, along with her daughter Leslie, were heading to Dallas for the Easter holiday and she said filling up for the trip was expensive.
"I'm glad I'm not a travelling salesman or something, because it's really terribly expensive when you fill up anymore. Sixty dollars is a real hit," she said.
Gas prices showed no signs of dropping and Wegner said there's only one reason she's hitting the road.
"If it wasn't for visiting grandchildren I wouldn't do it, but for grandkids you're willing to spend a little more," she said.
Ellis Truck and Auto service manager, David Ellis, said a simple tune-up can help you save on gas and people have been coming in to get their cars prepped for the weekend travel.
"Being it the holiday weekend, people try to get their cars worked on and maintenance done on before the holidays. So, one thing they need to do is to make sure their oil is changed, coolant is checked and the tires checked," he said.
He said if your car seems to be using more gas than normal, that could not only cost you more at the pump, but it could also be a sign something is wrong with your car.
"If your gas mileage is way down, your air filter's stopped up, your fuel filter's stopped up, your 'check engine' light's on--those are the things you need to get looked at before you go travelling on the road. Not only for your safety, but for also the other people in the highway," he said.
Ellis said there are other simple tips to save you on your holiday travels.
"If you drive with a lead foot, you need to not do that. Don't try to get up to 70 miles an hour within really short distances that will use a lot of gas. The heavier you are to the gas pedal, the more gas you're going to use."
Ellis also said it's important to have your car checked out every 3,000 to 5,000 thousand miles because it will not only help you save, it will also keep you safe.
For more ways to save money on gas, log on to http://www.gasbuddy.com/


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