How to Save on Gas as Prices at the Pump Climb

Gas prices are rising nationwide due to the problems in the Middle East
Gas prices are rising nationwide due to the problems in the Middle East

The price of gas is going up so fast that even government reports can't keep up with it. A few days after the federal Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report that the average price of regular gas in the U.S. is $3.19 per gallon -- marking the highest average February price since the government started keeping track in 1990 -- the AAA fuel gauge report on Thursday put the national average at $3.22. The price rose three cents per gallon in a day.

I live in California, which has some of the most expensive gas in the country, and we have seen regular for $3.65 a gallon. Blame the turmoil in the Mideast.

Whatever the cost, there are ways to save on gas and find the best prices. WalletPop recently covered some tried and true methods to save at the pump -- shopping around, filling up at midday on a Tuesday, getting regular tuneups, slowing down, and, of course, steering clear of pricey premium gas. Here are some more ways you can keep your quick drive to the store or the annual family road trip from costing you a small fortune: