Beating the System: Saving on Gas

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beat-the-systemSACRAMENTO—

For once, it’s good to live in California when it comes to gas prices.  That’s because they’re going up much slower than the rest of the county.

Nationwide, the average rose 8 cents in a week, according to AAA.

In California, it rose just 1 cent in the last week – and local prices dropped since Sunday. It’s now $3.97 a gallon on average in Modesto and Stockton. Sacramento drivers pay about $3.99 a gallon.

We still want to get the most for our money, and that’s why tonight’s beat the system is about ways to use less gas, thanks to About.com guide Erin Huffstetler.

Try this:

-Skip the drive thru. It burns gas while you sit and wait. Park the car and walk instead – that burns calories, no gas.

-Give up on getting the perfect parking spot. Skip the circling and park farther away.

-Don’t lane hop. Changing lanes means speeding up and slowing down – all of that burns more gas than driving a steady pace in the same lane.

-And another reason to hang up and drive: You’ll become more away of how you’re driving.

For more tips, head over to http://frugalliving.about.com/od/affordabletransportation/tp/Use-Less-Gas.htm

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