Fuel prices have gone through the roof. Some might say they are punching a new hole in the ozone layer. For a variety of reasons, some of them external and some of them self-imposed, gasoline prices have escalated in a nearly unprecedented fashion over the course of the past 18 months. As this is being written, the national average for a gallon of gas is $4.08. While to most of us that seems high, it is actually $0.03 cents less than a week ago and $0.19 cents less than a month ago when gas prices were at record levels. But the cost of fuel remains a staggering $1.21 per gallon more than a year ago, according to AAA.
While $4.08 per gallon threatens the monthly budgets of millions of people across the nation, the fuel price run-up is even more acute in states like California and Hawaii. This past week, car owners in the Golden State were paying $5.70 for a gallon of regular-grade gas; Hawaiians were paying $5.24. The rapid price increase has caught car owners nationwide off guard, and now they are looking ways to improve the fuel economy of their current cars. Here are some valuable tips.