• Fri. May 20th, 2022

Gas prices top $4 in many parts of the Pittsburgh area – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Gas prices continue to soar, well above $4 in many communities — some as high as 20 cents — in the Pittsburgh area Friday morning.

Overnight, prices jumped another 13 cents, on average, as western Pennsylvania feels the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to AAA, the average price per gallon for regular gasoline in Pittsburgh is $3.95 as of Friday morning. That’s up from the average of $3.82 yesterday and $3.67 a week ago.

“Instead of waiting so long to fill up, I fill up at about $20 a day, $20 a day just so it’s not such a big expense all of a sudden,” pilot Ray said. Westerman Thursday.

The highest gas price ever in Pittsburgh was in 2008 at $4.05 per gallon.

We are approaching this rate as barrels of crude oil reached their highest price since the same year, according to AAA, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Russia is one of the top three oil producers in the world, just behind the United States and Saudi Arabia,” said Lynda Lambert, spokeswoman for AAA East Central.

Lambert added that while there is no end in sight to rising prices, you can make your gasoline go a little further.

“Responsible driving habits will go a long way in helping you save fuel,” she said. “Speed ​​is your worst enemy. When you accelerate, your car does not get the best gas mileage possible.

AAA tips include:

  • Slow down and drive the speed limit. On the highway, aerodynamic drag causes a significant drop in fuel economy when speed exceeds 80 km/h.
  • Reduce trips and lighten your load. Limit the amount of cargo in your vehicle when possible. Combine errands and eventually aim to do all your errands on one day of the week. Also, consider using the most fuel-efficient vehicle in your household more often.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions significantly increase fuel consumption. Accelerate gently with light to moderate throttle. This allows the automatic transmission to shift up to higher gears more quickly, reducing engine speed and saving fuel.
  • Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine. Even in winter, idling and warming up an engine is unnecessary and wastes fuel.
  • Look ahead. When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the accelerator early and let your car slow down until it’s time to brake.
  • Use cruise control to maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on wet roads, as this could result in loss of vehicle control.
  • Take advantage of fuel saving programs.
  • Keep tires properly inflated. Under-inflation reduces fuel economy, but more importantly, tires with low air content affect handling and braking, wear out faster, and can overheat and explode.
  • Maintain the vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular maintenance will ensure optimum fuel economy, performance and longevity.
  • Make any necessary repairs. Take the vehicle to a trusted repair center as soon as possible if the “Check Engine” light comes on.