Gas prices jump overnight

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Gas prices took an unexpected jump late Wednesday back into $4 per gallon territory - nearly a $.30 increase in some places.

The price for regular gas ranges from between $3.69 to $4.15 a gallon in the Metro.

Experts are hesitant to predict when prices will come down again or how high they may jump, citing the weak dollar, growing economy, instability throughout the Middle East and the summer travel season as a formula for higher gas prices.

High gas prices may actually hurt the summer travel season, with many drivers choosing to stay closer to home, rather than shelling out more money to fill their gas tanks.

Mechanics say there are ways to squeeze every drop possible from a gallon of fuel:

  • Slow down
  • Drive the speed limit
  • Remove the extra weight from your vehicle
    • If you still have salt or sand in the trunk from winter driving, remove it along with any extraneous items.
  • Check the tires
    • Under inflated tires can cause a significant drop in mileage.

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