The Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that gas prices will reach an average of $2.81 per gallon in 2010 and will climb to nearly $3 per gallon next summer.
“Higher crude oil prices throughout the forecast period” will contribute to the increase, say EIA officials. The average price of gas in 2009 is expected to be $2.36 per gallon.
“Projected annual average diesel fuel retail prices are $2.48 and $2.94 per gallon, respectively, in 2009 and 2010,” according to the EIA.
With an increase in fuel prices on the horizon, it is important to make sure your fleet is running at maximum fuel efficiency. Here are a few simple tips to make sure you are getting your money’s worth at the pump:
- Keep your engine properly tuned. Regular maintenance will save you a bundle in the long run.
- Keep all vehicles’ tires inflated to the manufacturer-recommended pressure.
- Use the correct grades of motor oil and gasoline to ensure optimal performance for each vehicle.
- Drive sensibly and observe posted speed limits.
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