DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A sudden spike in gas prices has us asking how to save at the pump.
The average price of regular here in Dayton jumped from $3.74 TO $3.85 per gallon in the past 24-hours according to AAA.
In fact, we saw prices as high as $4.00 a gallon. Analysts say the price spike is tied to a national surge in demand which is hitting Ohio particularly hard.
The Fiscal Times offers five simple ways to save on gas.
- Avoid the convenient gas station near your house or on the side of the highway. Instead, use a gas app such as GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas near you.
- Fill up your tank early on Wednesday or Thursday mornings, not over the weekend. Gas station owners typically increase gas prices on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in anticipation of the weekend.
- Park in the shade. Gasoline evaporates right out of your fuel tank. Parking in the shade maintains a cooler temperature in your car which means you won’t be using air conditioning as much which consumes gas.
- Keep your windows closed when driving on a highway. It can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
- Buy discount gas gift cards or find coupons.
You can also choose to be loyal to one gas company and get rewarded with its cash-back credit card reward program.
Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis says hurricane season is expected to be lighter this season, which should hold gas prices steady or lower in seasons often riddled with hurricane activity.