gas prices to go as high as $6 per gallon this summer

gas prices to go as high as $6 per gallon this summer

Written By

Jessica Harris

We all know that gas prices are soaring. In fact, according to Business Week, the average cost of a gallon of gas as of today (April 4, 2012) is $3.92. And that’s not the worst part. The Chicago Tribune predicts that gas prices could go as high as $6 over the course of the summer.

My husband is a contractor, so he drives a truck. I practically throw up in my mouth every time we go to the gas station because he only gets 14 miles to the gallon, which means we’re paying more than $100 every time we fill up. And that’s with gas prices at $3.68 per gallon. So naturally we’ve been talking about ways that we can drive less and/or get better gas mileage. His grand idea is to buy a motorcycle, but here are some ideas that are probably a little more practical.


  • Take public transportation whenever possible
  • Carpool
  • Walk
  • Ride a bike


  • Combine trips so you only have to go once
  • Plan your routes in advance


  • Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct levels
  • Get your alignment done
  • Get an annual engine tune-up
  • Change your spark plugs
  • Replace your air filter regularly
  • Use synthetic oil; it can help you save 5% on your fuel consumption
  • Check your gas cap
  • Remove snow tires during the warmer seasons


  • Take the first parking spot you can find
  • Turn the air conditioning off or use it sparingly
  • Avoid warming your engine up in the mornings when it’s cold outside
  • Keep your windows closed on the highway
  • Park in the shade
  • Avoid idling (restarting your car is the equivalent of idling for 6 seconds)
  • Remove excess weight from your trunk
  • Avoid putting luggage on the top of your car



  • Drive more slowly; high speeds equal more drag, which means worse gas mileage
  • Accelerate slowly
  • Drive at a consistent speed
  • Don’t use cruise control on hilly or steep highways
  • Lay off the breaks (don’t drive with your foot on the brakes)


  • Purchase gas during the coolest times of day; it’s most dense when it’s cool
  • Don’t overfill—gas that spills is gas that’s wasted
  • Buy a smaller car
  • Consider a credit card that gives you rewards for gas purchases

If you want to learn more about how green vehicles can save you money in the gas department this summer, check out this post.