How to save money at the pump this Memorial Day weekend

Published: May. 25, 2018 at 9:52 AM MST|Updated: May. 25, 2018 at 12:44 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - According to AAA, people choosing to drive will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2014. The reason for that being the steep cost of crude oil, shrinking global supply, and record demand levels. 

For some Tucsonans, that cost is difficult to afford amidst all of life's other expenses, and people are taking extra measures to make sure that they save money and gas. 

"What I've been doing with my car, it's a manual transmission so what I've been trying to do is coast as much as I can. Keep it in neutral, coast down the road as much as I can," said Steven Edwards, a Tucson resident. 

The cost of gas has taken a personal toll on Edwards, forcing him to get rid of his dream car- a 2003 Mustang GT. The cost of premium gas to fill it up was around $50 a week.

"Gas prices were just way to expensive to drive that V8. It had to run on premium gasoline. It was just way too expensive to drive," said Edwards.

Edwards would fill up his tank in the Mustang twice a week. Multiply that by roughly four weeks in a month and he was spending a big chunk of change at around $500 monthly.

"Unfortunately it became more of a paperweight than an actual means of transportation so we had to get rid of it," Edwards notes of the Mustang.

So, how can you save money at the pump?

Tucson News Now has a compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks to cut the cost.

-Research. Try to find the cheapest gas prices, gas stations along your travel route, and smartphone apps that can help you. 

-Make sure that your air filter is clean. A clean filter helps your car more efficiently. 

-Try putting nitrogen in your tires. It maintains pressure better than air.

-Check the alignment of your tires. If they're deflating that will waste gas.

-Fill up before you're close to empty. If you wait too long and become in dire need of gas, you won't be able to research and go somewhere cheaper.

-Keep your windows closed. An open window will create more drag which will cost you more on gas in the end.

-Turn off your engine if you're waiting. Idling wastes gas and has a negative impact on the environment.

-Try to be cognizant of your brake usage. Constantly breaking uses up a lot of gas.

-Turn of the AC and roll the windows down if you can. It's a tough one this time of year in Arizona but it can ultimately save money if you don't constantly run your air conditioning.

-Drive manual if your car is able to. Shift up early and then shift down late so that you can conserve fuel.

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