Expert: Gas demand expected to rise with soaring prices

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Patrick De Haan of Gas Buddy said seasonal factors could come into play, such as spring break travel demand will start to increase as temperatures warm.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Although filling up at the pump may always seem like a necessary evil, mevery driver says lately it feels more like highway robbery.

“$70 to fill it up – if I was in a van I would need $100, $115, $120”, a driver told WCNC Charlotte. “AAs we’ve seen, let’s call it the last six to eight weeks, gasoline prices have really gone up.”

And unfortunately, Patrick De Haan with gas buddy says it won’t get better anytime soon.

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“As we approach March, seasonal factors will come into play, such as spring break travel, demand will start to increase as temperatures warm up,” he explained.

The difference between how much waste you waste is up to you, because according to De Haan, driving habits can rob you of 25% of your car’s fuel efficiency..

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“I know it sounds crazy, [but] on the highway, slowing down five miles per hour can definitely increase your fuel mileage by 10 to 25 percent, especially if you’re in a bigger car,” De Haan said.

De Haan also recommends making sure your tires are full, removing unnecessary heavy objects from your car, and being wary of the check engine light.

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“If your check engine light is flashing, that automatically cuts your fuel economy by 25 percent,” he said.

De Haan said there are also several ways to save at the pump.

“No one should pay for the sign that’s on the street, many stations offer cash back, there are credit cards that offer discounts, there are free loyalty programs,” he said .

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Further action is worth taking as De Haan says gas prices have the potential to continue to rise by up to 75 cents more a gallon.

“There might be some relief by the end of the year, high prices are going to sting us for a while,” he said.

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