May 22, 2007
$3.09 a gallon is about what you will pay around here, and that is under the national average. The new record across the country is $3.18.
This price matches what Americans paid during the gas crisis in March of 1981.
Unplanned shutdowns of refineries and slowed production are to blame, but before you hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, here are some tips from Shell to help make that gallon last longer.
Drive smoothly. All that quick stopping and going hurts your gas mileage. Use your cruise control when possible.
Use higher gears, and service your engine often. Make sure you keep your windows closed. The wind blowing in will slow the car down. Take roof racks off if you aren't using them.
Also keep in mind this weekend that heavy luggage causes drag. Lastly, avoid idling.
Industry analysts said they are trying to get production back on its feet as fast as possible, but until then, it's your pocketbook that pays.