Filling up your tank these days means digging deeper into your pocket. And just how high gas prices will go no one knows.
"Gas prices are at a $1.81 for a self serve regular unleaded and that's a national average," said Mantill Williams of the American Automobile Association.
While there is really nothing consumers can do about the price of a gallon of gasoline, there are some things they can do to increase their gas mileage.
"To make sure their car is running more fuel efficient, one thing they can do is to make sure their tires are properly inflated," said Williams.
According to a survey by the rubber tire manufacturers association, three out of four people wash their car once a month but only one in seven check their tires.
"Tires last longer than they ever have, but they don't last indefinitely," said Don Shea, president of the Rubber Tire Manufacturers Association. "And if you make sure the right air pressure and rotate ever 6,000 to 8,000 thousand miles, you're not only going to have safer tires you're going to have better fuel economy."
A visual inspection isn't enough. All cars come with an owner’s manual with the right tire size and pressure. If you don't have the manual, it's also located inside the driver's side door.
To properly check tire inflation:
- Use the information on the vehicle, not on the side of the tire.
- Use a tire gauge, not the pressure gauge at the gas station and.
- Check tires when they are cold.
Not only will these measures increase safety, but will also improve gas mileage by more than three percent.