How to survive rising gas prices

Anna Dryden

$4.15. Drivers were shocked when they first saw this price advertised at gas stations around the city. Two years ago in 2010 people were outraged about having to pay $2.81 for a gallon of gas. That sure seems like a bargain now. 

However, there a several ways to make your gas budget stretch a little further. You can sign up for rewards programs at the gas stations you frequently fill up at. By being a Kroger Plus card holder you can gain points every time you fill up or buy grocery to redeem later for 10, 20, 30 cents, even up to a dollar off per gallon. Sign up for a Speedy Rewards Card at Speedway gas stations and each time you purchase gas or items from the convenience store points are added to your account. You can redeem these points for savings on gas, free beverages and gift cards. Most recently, Thornton’s gas stations have started FREEquency Rewards, through which you can earn points by purchasing gas and items from their convenience stores. Thornton’s also offers text alerts to let you know when prices are getting ready to rise or fall. 

To find the lowest gas prices in town, hit up where you can search for prices by state, county and city for everywhere in the US and Canada.

Also, here are five tips to stretch your gas tank:
1. Try to drive the speed limit. Traveling at 55 mph give you up to 21% better mileage when compared to mileage you get from driving 65 mph or 70 mph.
2. Keep windows closed when driving at high speeds. Open windows cause air drag and can reduce your mileage by 10%.
3. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day – early morning or late evening is best because gasoline is densest. Gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not the density of fuel concentration. 
4. Don’t frequently start and stop your engine. Idling for one minute consumes the same amount of gas as starting the engine. 
5. Use cruise control on the interstate to keep your car driving at a constant speed, which will save gas.