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AAA says planning head can soften blow of high gas prices

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 26, 2013 3:59 AM
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(Undated) -- Gas prices have been on the rise of late, jumping nearly 50 cents a gallon in the last month.

But, AAA is reminding drivers that better planning can save them money.

Motorists are paying anywhere from $3.55 to $4.27 in the midstate for a gallon of gas. The price at the pump has gone up four cents in the last week alone in some parts of the region.

Jana Tidwell of AAA Mid-Atlantic says a little planning can save drivers money. "If you map out the errands that you need to run, perhaps on your way to work or on your way home from work, on your way to or from taking the kids to school and activities and those kinds of things," she says.

Tidwell adds it's important for drivers to educate themselves about the lowest prices. "Utilize a tool like AAA's Fuel Finder to see the gas stations in your area or in an area where you may be traveling throughout the day," she says. "If it's closer to work or closer to errands or closer to picking the kids up from school, plan ahead."

Tidwell says the most convenient place to fill up is not always the most cost-effective, especially if motorists are traveling along a major highway or the turnpike.

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