ORLANDO, Fla. – As the war in Ukraine is causing gas prices to surge, analysts say the cost to fill-up has now reached a new record.
According to AAA, the average price for gas in the United States on Tuesday stood at $4.17 per gallon, up from $4.06 the prior day. The average price for a gallon of gas in Florida is $4.15, AAA said.
The previous record high of $4.10 a gallon was set in 2008 ahead of the U.S. Great Recession and housing crisis.
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“When we can produce more than enough oil to make up for whatever it is we buy from Russia. I just don’t get it,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said. “The only explanation is that this religious zealotry on this green New Deal stuff makes that an impossibility and it’s going to lead us to a ridiculous policy decision.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden is onboard with alleviating some of the burden at the pump, but there are no plans for a significant policy change.
“If we’re looking to the future and what we can do to prevent this from being a challenge in future crises, the best thing we can do is reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil,” Psaki said. “That will help us have a reliable source of energy so that we’re not worried about gas prices going up because of the whims of a foreign dictator.”
Here are some tips on how to save money on gas:
- Consider getting a Costco or BJ’s membership to take advantage of lower prices.
- Check your tire pressure.
- Consider driving more efficiently on the highway, accelerating gently and avoiding speeding. Maintaining a steady speed can also improve your gas mileage.