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Drivers feel pain at the pump as gas prices rise


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Over the past month, drivers have been digging deeper into their pockets as gas prices have gone up about 20 cents per gallon.

“Owning a vehicle today is out of the question. At this rate, our children will be paying $10 or more a gallon,” said teacher Elizabeth Gutierrez, 24, as she gassed up her sedan on Monday, February 18.

With prices only going up, AAA has created a “Gas Watcher’s Guide” narrowing down tips to save gas and most importantly, money.

“To conserve, we must slow down and find ways to do more with less. The benefits of fuel conservation include financial savings, improved road safety and a healthier environment,” said a brochure.

When it comes to driving, AAA emphasizes slowing down.

As well as following safe driving methods, drivers should try to condense trips when going out to run errands.

“To me it’s not good because I’m retired and make no money, it’s ridiculous. I don’t like it, but I need the gas for my car,” said Francisco Alonzo, 68, as he filled his car up at a Mobil station 164 Street in Jamaica.

AAA also suggests drivers keep their eyes open for lower fuel prices, yet should not waste gas to save a few cents at another station farther away. Also, drivers should be aware of the correct starting procedure of their vehicles, especially during cold weather when an engine must thoroughly warm up.

Although the increase in prices has most drivers frustrated, other drivers see the increased costs as a way to control how people drive and consume.

“I feel that gas prices are both a win and lose situation. The increase in price means a decrease in our pockets; however I still look at it as a win because it means it’s moderating how much people use. Hopefully this means we start to use our fuel wisely and preserve as much as we can,” said Neilmarlon Santiago, 20.

 

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After a month of wild fluctuations post-Sandy, New York City gas prices have settled back to where they were before the storm.

Prices at the pump jumped 15 cents in the aftermath of the storm, before slowly retreating to $4, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the same price drivers were paying last month.

Over the past week the cost of gas dropped 6 cents.

While gas prices shot up in New York after the storm, costs nationally fell. Over the past month, the average throughout the country dropped 13 cents.

Motorists in the area are still paying significantly more to fill up than last year when prices were $3.71.

Gas prices down slightly in New York City


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While gas prices are down slightly from their 2012 highs, drivers are still paying 32 cents more per gallon than at this time a year ago.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city is $4.19, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, four cents lower than two weeks ago.

Over the past month the cost of gas is up 7 cents.

Last year, city drivers were paying $3.87 per gallon.  Prices passed the $4 in mid-August and have remained there since.

Nationally, the average has begun to fall. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.78, four cents lower than a month ago.

 

Five ways to get real and consistent savings at the pump


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Whether it’s shopping for groceries or clothes at the mall, we’re always on the lookout for the best deal. Though it may be through more subtle means, you can apply the same money-saving principals toward other everyday expenses. The money you spend on gas is a perfect example.

By making a few adjustments like changing driving habits and shopping smart, you can make the most out of each gallon you pump into your tank. Here are five tips for getting real and consistent savings at the pump.

* Follow simple maintenance procedures. The most practical way to improve your fuel economy is making sure your tires are inflated properly. You can find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle on the placard inside of your door, or in your car’s owner’s manual. Using the recommended grade of motor oil can also increase your fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

* Use rewards programs to your advantage. While a few cents may not seem like a lot, the dollars add up quickly over the course of time when you consistently use rewards programs.

* Reduce weight and drag. You might not notice your carrying rack affecting the quality of your ride, but racks and other add-ons to your vehicle cause a lot of drag, taking a big bite out of your fuel efficiency. It pays to take them off when you aren’t using them. Removing extra weight, by cleaning out everything you don’t need that’s stashed in your trunk or car, can also help.

* Watch the way you drive. Most cars travel with highest fuel efficiency in the 50 mph range which begins to drop significantly the faster you go. Keeping your highway speed to the posted speed limit not only keeps you safer, but can greatly improve gas mileage. Aggressive starting and stopping also puts more stress on your engine, and uses more gasoline.

* Technology is your friend. Your mobile GPS unit can help you get where you need to go in the most efficient way possible.

Shopping smart at the pump may be easier than you thought. By putting a few of these simple fuel-saving tips into practice, you can get real and consistent savings.

 

Gas prices near 2012 highs


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Gas prices continue their two month climb in New York City and are approaching 2012 highs.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city has risen to $4.23, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, 8 cents higher than a week ago.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

Since July, the cost of a gallon of gas has steadily increased and is now near the 2012 high. Prices at the pump peaked in April at $4.24.

Last year, city drivers were paying under $4 per gallon.

Nationally, the average also continues to rise. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.86, 14 cents higher than a month ago.

 

Gas prices rise for 8th consecutive week


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Prices at the pump continue to trend upward, as costs rose for the eighth consecutive week.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city has risen to $4.08, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

For much of the year, drivers were paying less for gas than a year ago. But as prices have steadily risen, the cost has zoomed past what New Yorkers were paying last year when gas was $3.97 per gallon.

Nationally, the average also continues to rise. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.75, 26 cents higher than a month ago.

 

Gas prices continue to rise in New York City


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A week after surpassing $4 a gallon, city gas prices continue to rise.

The average price at the pump in the city has risen to $4.07, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, four cents higher than a week ago.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 20 cents.

For much of the year, drivers were paying less for gas than a year ago. But as prices have steadily risen, the cost has zoomed past what New Yorkers were paying last year when gas was below $4.

Nationally, the average also continues to rise. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.72, 26 cents higher than a month ago.

 

Gas prices surge past $4


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Prices at the pump have surged past $4 in New York City for the first time since May.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city has risen to $4.03, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, seven cents higher than a week ago.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 26 cents. Gas prices fell below $4 at the end of May and had remained there for two and a half months.

Nationally, the average is rising too. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.70, 31 cents higher than a month ago.

 

City gas prices near $4


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Gas prices throughout New York City are approaching $4 for the first time since May.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.96, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, six cents higher than a week ago.

Gas prices fell below $4 at the end of May and have remained there ever since, but over the past month the cost has jumped 23 cents.

New Yorkers are still paying less than they were last year when residents were dishing out $4.10 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average is rising too. A gallon of gas across the country averages $3.62, 13 cents higher than a week ago.

 

Gas prices hold steady in New York City


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Gas prices have held steady over the past week as they continue their climb back toward $4.

The average New York City price at the pump has risen to $3.90, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, just one cent higher than a week ago.

Fuel has remained below $4 since the end of May. Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

New Yorkers are still paying less than they were last year when residents were paying $4.11 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.49, two cents higher than a week ago.

 

Gas prices at lowest point since January


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As summer driving season kicks into full gear, gas prices continue to roll back.

The average New York City price at the pump has fallen to $3.72, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, its lowest point since January.

Over the past week, the cost of gas has fallen three cents in the city and has dropped 23 cents over the past month.

Many gas stations around the borough come in well below the city average — with some price below $3.50 per gallon.

At this time last year New Yorkers were paying $3.98 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.33, 27 cents lower than a month ago.

 

Gas prices near 2012 lows


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Gas Prices

After approaching all-time highs in April, gas prices are nearing their lowest prices of 2012.

The average New York City gas price has fallen for the past two and a half months and settled at $3.75, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Over the past week, the cost of gas has fallen five cents in the city and has dropped 25 cents over the past month.

Many gas stations around the borough come in well below the city average — with some prices below $3.50 per gallon.

At this time last year New Yorkers were paying $4.02 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.41, 24 cents lower than a month ago.

 

Gas prices fall for 10th straight week


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Gas Prices

As summer approaches, gas prices continue to approach the lowest prices of the year.

The average New York City gas price has fallen for the past 10 weeks and settled at $3.80, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Many stations throughout the Queens come in well below the city average.

Over the past week, the cost of gas has fallen six cents in the city and has dropped 26 cents over the past month.

At this time last year New Yorkers were paying $4.06 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.51, 19 cents lower than a month ago.

Gas prices near 2012 lows


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Gas Prices

Prices at the pump continued to plummet and are nearing 2012 lows.

The average New York City gas price has fallen for the past two months and settled at $3.86, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Many stations throughout the city come in well below the average.

Over the past week, the cost of gas has fallen seven cents in the city and has dropped 24 cents over the past month.

At this time last year New Yorkers were paying $4.09 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.54, 19 cents lower than a month ago.