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Save money at the gas pump during your next business travel

Monday, December 24, 2012 4:48:37 PM

On December 17, gas prices fell to a national average of $3.25 - the lowest price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has been seen in 2012. This is good news to people who will be traveling at the year's end - either for enjoyment or business travel. Though some states are seeing dramatic declines in their gasoline prices, prices are still higher they were than one year ago. If you are traveling in a car rental and plan on filling up the tank yourself, be aware of some tips that will make a trip to the pump easier on your wallet.

How you drive affects your fuel efficiency. Avoid aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking. All of these practices waste gas and can lower mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent around town, according to the United States Department of Energy. Driving over 50 mph will also decrease cars' fuel efficiency, so for every 5 mph over 50 that you drive, it's like paying an additional $.23 for gas. Set cruise control on the car when you can so you can maintain a constant speed and save gas.

Traveling with a GPS is also a good idea because it will calculate the shortage route between two points, and some devices can even tell you about the conditions of the road or help you avoid traffic. You also save gas when you're not spending time driving around lost.