Ways to help save money at the pump

TOWSON, Md. - With gas prices near $4 dollars a gallon, many people are discussing ways to save money at the pump.

Some common tips are to turn off the air conditioner while driving, buying gas in the morning when it's cool and keeping your tires properly inflated. 

But did you know that only one of them is true? 

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, keeping your tires properly inflated will enhance your fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent.

Some pundits predict gas prices hitting $5 a gallon.  AAA says don't bet on it.

The group points to  the Energy Information Administration's prediction that  the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline to peak at $3.96 in May.

Many people also believe that gas station owners are making a killing at the pump.  But gas station owners only take in four cents per gallon.

AAA also suggests paying for gas in cash to save money.  Many stations offer a nickel or dime per gallon savings.   

The easiest way to save money on gas is to change the way you drive.  If you're one of those people that accelerate and stop quickly, you're wasting gas.  The U.S. Department of Energy says aggressive driving can lower a car's fuel economy by up to 33 percent.

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