Save money on gas on your spring break road trips

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – It’s spring break week for many schools across KELOLAND and after two years of the pandemic, many families are choosing to travel over the long weekend. But now, with new record high gasoline prices, many families are looking for ways to reduce their fuel consumption.

“A few days ago we hit a national all-time high for gasoline prices nationwide, we hit $4.33 a gallon,” said the AAA spokesperson in South Dakota. , Shawn Stewart.

This isn’t the news you want to hear as you prepare to head out on a family trip this weekend.

“Once people make a commitment, ‘hey, we want to travel,’ they usually stick with it,” Steward said.

But at around $4 a gallon in KELOLAND, the high price of travel has some families looking for ways to save.

“There are a lot of things drivers can do to get better gas mileage and save a little at the pump,” Steward said.

“There are two simple ones that we always talk to our customers about: tires or air pressure in tires and air filters,” said Mark Compson, owner of T&A Auto Repair.

Fuel economy has become a popular topic at T&A Auto Repair in Sioux Falls.

“We hear a lot of complaints from our customers about high gas prices,” Compson said.

But he says a few simple maintenance checks like replacing your air filter can make a big difference.

“It’s a really easy thing, it’s going to help your engine breathe better, more efficiently,” Compson said. “And it’s a super cheap solution, usually under $50.”

Tires are another big factor in fuel economy, making sure all your tires have the correct air pressure before you hit the road can make a big difference.

“Under-inflated tires can create more drag,” Steward said.

Heavy cargo can also drag on a long journey.

“Carrying cargo on the roof, if you have a big storage and you’re going up there for long trips, can definitely affect fuel economy,” Compson said.

And even smaller vehicles can end up using more gas depending on how you drive.

“Aggressive driving will also affect fuel economy, everyone is in a rush and I’m guilty of that too, but getting there quickly comes at a cost,” Compson said. “Having that cruise control is going to do better than being on the gas and constantly passing people.”

If you’re traveling out of town, AAA also suggests downloading an app that can help you find the best gas prices wherever you are. Even saving a few cents per gallon can add up to big savings on long car trips.

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