Current Gasoline Prices in South Florida Skyrocket

Based on a current trend, Southwest Florida’s average gasoline price today of regular gas is at $3.63 per gallon.

That surged 15 cents from only a week ago and is 24 cents higher compared to last month. Experts say that the reason for the increase is the improving economy.

Gasoline demand is higher, and speculators anticipate that to go on and result in higher per barrel crude prices. Moreover, several refineries are not at total capacity as they get ready for the shift to summer blend gasoline.

Drivers who cannot do anything about the high prices of gasoline say that they are adjusting their driving habits.

Some are driving less and trying to consolidate all their errands in one single trip so they do not need to go back and forth. Others make a conscious effort to think about what they will do before hitting the road.

According to experts, the current gasoline prices are about to reach their highest levels seen this year, but they will not surpass the record highs posted in the past year. Still, everyone is still trying to maximize a gallon of gas, so here are some ways to do that.

One way is to slow down since the engine burns more gasoline at faster speeds. Another is to maintain tires at the suggested air pressure. The third is to lighten the car’s load as that weighs down the vehicle, making the engine have to work harder and use more fuel. Fourth is to drive at a steady speed and utilize cruise control whenever possible. Finally, shut the car off when it is not moving for more than 30 seconds so that the car’s engine won’t run and burn gas while on a steady mode.

By: Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer is an oil and gas consultant, industry commentator and analyst. His book, Fundamentals of Investing in Oil and Gas provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, drilling, production, storage, transportation and refining, to name but a few.

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