FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in New Jersey is $2.89 today, unchanged from last week, but 20 cents higher than a month ago and 50 cents higher than May 7, 2017.
The survey of prices was conducted by AAA Northeast.
On the national scene, the survey found the current national average to be $2.81, the same as last week. The national average price today is 15 cents higher than a month ago ($2.66) and 46 cents higher than a year ago ($2.35).
“Crude oil prices are topping 70 dollars a barrel this morning and pushing up prices at the pump once again,” said Robert Sinclair, Manager of Media Relations for AAA Northeast. “Rising crude prices, combined with geopolitical tensions that raise concerns about the supply of oil and energy products, are putting upward pressure on the market.”
AAA offers the following tips to help improve gas mileage:
- Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
- Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible.
- In summer, drive during cooler parts of the day. Cooler, denser air can boost power and mileage.
- Avoid long warm-ups in the morning. They’re unnecessary and waste fuel.
- Use air conditioning. Today’s air conditioners create less drag on the engine than driving with the windows open.
- Maintain recommended tire pressure. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires.
- Keep the air filter clean. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.
- Drive the speed limit.