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AAA Helps Consumers Fight Soaring Gas Prices with Web Sites, Tips, Gas Rebate Credit Card


May 2007
 Filed under: FUEL AND ECONOMY Car News | FUEL AND ECONOMY Headlines
Orlando, Fla., 5/23/2007 -- With soaring gas prices squeezing many household budgets, AAA is helping consumers with tips on how to save gas, Web sites dedicated to fuel information and a gas rebate credit card.

When fuel prices rise to new record levels, motorists have an understandable interest in finding out why, and need information on what they can do to stay within the family budget, according to AAA.

To help consumers make better decisions regarding their fuel consumption AAA began posting localized, up-to-date fuel information on the Internet in 2000, and now has two Web sites devoted to fuel issues as well as other online tools for consumers.
Perhaps the best known site is AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report ( http://www.aaafuelgaugereport.com ). That site – a natural extension of the reports AAA has issued in some form since the 1970s – averages prices paid at 100,000 gas stations across the country and posts national, state and local averages daily for each of the major grades of gasoline.

AAA Fuel Cost Calculator ( http://www.aaafuelcostcalculator.com ) helps users understand and budget for the amount of fuel they are likely to use on a long-distance trip. After entering the trip’s origin and destination, and the type of vehicle being driven, the site calculates the miles driven, the amount of fuel that will be used and the cost. It also can tell motorists the difference in fuel costs for various vehicles, helping them to determine which vehicle is most cost effective to drive.

Earlier this year, AAA enhanced its online trip planning tool, TripTik® Travel Planner found at www.AAA.com , with location and fuel pricing information for more than 100,000 U.S. gas stations. Using the planner, travelers can note the locations of convenient fuel stops along their vacation driving route.

To help counteract the effect of high gas prices on family budgets, the AAA Visa® credit card offers a rebate of up to 5 percent on gasoline purchases made at the pump. The more cardholders use their card for everyday, non-gas purchases, the greater the rebate will be for gas purchases. Since its inception in 2003, cardholders have saved $142 million on gas purchases.

AAA provides fuel-saving tips and advice to consumers through many local AAA club Web sites ( www.AAA.com ) as well as on its AAA Exchange site ( www.AAA.com/publicaffairs ) which includes fuel conservation information in a downloadable brochure titled, “AAA Gas Watcher’s Guide.”

Some tips from the guide include:

* Stick to a routine maintenance schedule. Keeping tires inflated, moving components properly lubricated and ignition and emission systems operating properly will help ensure maximum fuel efficiency and extend the life of your vehicle.
* If you own more than one vehicle, use the more energy-conserving vehicle as often as possible.
* Consolidate trips and errands to cut down on driving time and miles traveled. When possible, combine them with your daily commute.
* If you are going somewhere new, get a map first from an online source such as AAA TripTik ( www.AAA.com ). Getting lost wastes gas as well as time.
* Comparison shop by phone or online if possible before heading out on the road.
* Slow down. For most vehicles, fuel economy drops off significantly when traveling more than 60 miles per hour. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.
* Avoid quick starts and sudden stops. They waste fuel, are harder on vehicle components and increase the odds of a traffic crash.
* Lighten your vehicle by cleaning out the trunk, cargo areas and passenger compartments. A heavier vehicle uses more fuel.
* Keep your eyes open for low fuel prices but don’t waste gas driving to a distant filling station to save a few cents.

AAA Fuel Gauge Report and AAA Fuel Cost Calculator are based on data from Oil Price Information Service, the nation’s most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 50 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com

Source: AAA

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