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Gas Prices Up, Tips to Save

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You may have noticed if you've filled up at the pump recently: gas prices are on the rise, as we get closer to summer.

"It's ridiculous with food prices and the economy the way it is," Reno driver Willie Carl McMichael, Jr. said. "The last thing we need is the gas to keep going up."

"I use a lot of gas every day," Reno Sparks cab driver Charles Landers said. "It went from about 35 bucks to, now, I'm spending about 50 dollars a day on gas. We pay for our own gas, the cab drivers, so it's been hard on us all."

The average price in Nevada is $3.67. That's about 15 cents higher than it was a month ago. And that has meant a few changes for drivers, like cutting back on travel or cutting back in other areas.

"Before, I would drive around looking for fares, you know," Landers said. "And nowadays it's more like just park at the casino and wait for somebody to come to you."

"I need to get around in a vehicle, so I have to get the gas," McMichael said. "And I push back a lot of other projects that I have."

Even though it's not really a cost we can avoid, there are a few ways you can adjust your driving to help your fuel economy:

-Most of the time, the most fuel-efficient speed is 55 miles per hour, so taking the highway instead of city roads could save you some money.

-Try not to accelerate too fast or brake too hard-- both of those things waste gas.

Of course, gas prices do vary depending on where you look.

Right now the cheapest gas in Reno, according to GasBuddy.com is at the Skyline Mart at Skyline and Cashill Boulevards, at $3.69 per gallon.

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