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How You Can Avoid Paying More at the Pump

Published On: Oct 10 2012 07:37:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2012 02:00:00 AM CDT

Even as gas prices lowered slightly today, some stations are still charging almost $5 per gallon--and they aren’t even breaking even.

The station off of South Market St. in Redding, AJICON, was charging $4.99 per gallon for regular gasoline today and the station’s owner, Renee Cauldwell, said she is still losing money.

“If I wanted to break even, I would have the price set at $5.12 per gallon for regular unleaded,” Cauldwell said.

Cutting Down on Car Costs

To fight the rising fuel prices, some drivers appear to have switched to public transportation in Shasta, Tehama and Butte counties.

Tehama Rural Area Express said they saw their daily average of bus riders increase by 25 percent when their daily average from last year at 400 jumped to roughly 500 riders per day.

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Redding’s transportation system increased to 2,700 riders a day from 2,400 the year prior--an increase of 12.5 percent.

Finally, Butte County, with its widely used bus system, had 100,000 more total riders this year than it did the year before.

One question several publications have been raising recently is the effect of weight on fuel efficiency.

According to AllState Insurance and Consumer Reports magazine, your weight can contribute to the amount of gas that your car is burning.

Six years ago, a study done by Entrepreneur Magazine showed that the obesity epidemic was wasting Americans approximately one billion gallons of gasoline per year.

While automakers struggle to cut down on the weight of the cars they are creating to better fuel efficiency, obesity rates are on the rise.

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services released a report stating that obesity is at an all-time high.

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Public Transportation Use Increases as Gas Prices Soar

For every 100 lbs. of weight added to your car, the fuel efficiency decreases by two percent.

This is not just for overweight Americans--adding to the items you carry in your car could weigh it down as well and cost you more at the pump as a result.