Gas Saving Tips
As members of the community, we share the concerns of our fellow Northern Florida residents. We keep a close eye on all area development related to Panama City auto accidents and similar concerns because auto accidents represents the one area where Panama City injury law is most likely to affect regular community members.
Over the last few weeks news and discussion about traveling has been focused on one concern: gas prices. The News Herald reported this week on the continuing rise in gas prices in our area and nationwide. According to the reports, AAA has found that the current national average for gas has passed $3.80 per gallon. This increase is of particular concern to the Bay County Tourist Development Council ("TDC") as the summer tourism season approaches. Recent tourism revenues have been strong, with bed tax revenues, a key revenue source, posting a 20.33% improvement in January when compared to the same month last year. This was the fourth straight month with a double-digit increase.
Nonetheless, the board is taking a proactive approach to tackle a potential decline in revenue due to increased taxes. The TDC is working with hotels and resorts in the community on a "Giving Tanks Program" where visitors will be offered gas cards and other fuel-related incentives when they stay in Panama City Beach.
We know that residents are also impacted by rising fuel costs. Here are some tips for making the most of your gas money:
- Drive at a consistent speed - Maintaining a steady speed, rather than frequently accelerating and braking, can improve your gas mileage.
- Use the AC and windows wisely - At lower speeds, you will save money if you open the windows instead of using the air conditioner. However, when you reach highway speeds, the increased drag from open windows can actually be less efficient and use more fuel than using the air conditioner. Parking in the shade can also be a big help in reducing the need for climate control as warmer weather approaches.
- Avoid idling - Turn off your car if you will be sitting for more than twenty seconds, such as when picking up a child at school or while your passenger runs into a store.
- Limit the weight of your car - A heavier vehicle requires more gas. Avoid carrying around excess materials (but keep the spare tire and emergency supplies!).
- Maintain your vehicle - Proper maintenance is not only crucial to avoiding engine troubles, but it also ensures your vehicle is running efficiently and that you can maximize your gas mileage. One key area of easy maintenance is keeping your tires properly inflated.
- Do your research - Driving around to locate the best gas prices can be counterproductive. Luckily, there are several online resources, such as Gas Buddy, that can help you locate the best prices so you can plan your trips wisely.
We hope these tips help you save money at the pump. If a Panama City auto accident lawyer can be of assistance in helping you receive vital compensation after an area car crash, please reach out to our team. We are available 24/7 to take your call.