Gas prices spike in Southwest Florida, here are some money saving tips

Reporter: Tiffany Rizzo Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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Fifty cents may not seem like a lot, but at the gas pump, that amount adds up quick.

Southwest Florida gas prices are up 50 cents compared to last month.

Currently in Southwest Florida, we’re seeing gas prices ranging from $3.69 to $3.75. We all need gasoline, and there are ways to save at the pump.

WINK News has some of the best money-saving hacks you could find when it comes to gas.

As fuel prices soar, you can start getting strategic when thinking about filling up your tank. One Geico automotive expert said Wednesday is the best day to fill up for less, as prices tend to rise on Thursdays in anticipation of weekend travel. It’s important to schedule your gas run.

Geico says that when at the gas pump, do not top off your gas tank. Gas is most likely to splash out or evaporate when you top off your tank. A good rule to follow is to stop pumping when you hear that first click.

Remember to screw the gas cap back until it clicks so none of your fuel escapes as fumes.

Be sure to follow the 10-second rule and turn off your engine if you stop for longer than 10 seconds.
Running your engine drains your tank by a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, but according to the U.S. Department of Energy, restarting your car only sips 10 seconds worth of gas.

WINK News spoke to some gas spenders on how they feel about the rising prices.

“Gas has gone up way too much, it makes me feel really broke,” motorist Ruth Amparo said.

“It makes you spend less money on other things, like, oh, well it’s going to cost me gas money, so I’m going to save some money,” motorist Devon Artis said.

Hopefully, some of these tips can help you save while we wait and hope for these prices to go down. If you have any tips not mentioned, share them with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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