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Greg Neft, KSL NewsradioGas prices have soared to levels we've never seen in Utah.
Rolayne Fairclough of AAA says, "$3.00 a gallon for regular self-serve in Utah is our average price right now, and this is an all-time record."
Fairclough says the reason is simple market economics. She says gasoline production is below the demand.
At one Chevron gas station the price starts at $3.06 a gallon. Most drivers aren't very understanding. They say the prices are horrible.
One driver, who owns a car dealership, says the prices are making things very tough for his business. But he admits there's not much he can do about it.
There are several ways drivers can increase their fuel efficiency. These include:
- Stick to regular unleaded. Don't "treat" your car to higher priced premium fuel unless your car specifically requires it.
- Check your tires. Improperly inflated tires are a safety hazard and can cut fuel economy.
- De-junk the trunk. Carrying around infrequently used materials like sports equipment adds extra weight to your car and decreases fuel efficiency.
- Adjust your driving behavior. Maintain a steady speed, minimize braking by anticipating traffic conditions and travel at moderate speeds.
- Take care of your car. Dirty air filters increase fuel consumption. Defective radiator thermostats or a stuck brake caliper are also common maintenance issues that can contribute to wasted fuel.
Another way consumers can reduce the amount they spend on fuel is to shop aggressively for the lowest price. AAA Utah has a tool that can help. Located online at www.aaa.com/gasprices, the AAA Fuel Finder has real time information on gas prices at more than 85,000 gas stations throughout the United States.