The Highest Gas Prices are in These 10 States

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As of April 19, the national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.62, up two cents from this time last year. While it’s still cheaper than it was in 2022, prices are expected to increase due to refinery maintenance, the switch to summer-grade gasoline, and rising demand. Find out which states are paying the highest prices, and how to get the most gas for your money. And keep reading to find out how you may even be able to save on your car insurance.

Top 10 highest gas prices by state:

  1. California – $5.39
  2. Hawaii – $4.72
  3. West Virginia – $4.69
  4. Washington – $4.65
  5. Nevada – $4.59
  6. Oregon – $4.42
  7. Alaska – $4.28
  8. Arizona – $4.10
  9. Illinois – $4.00
  10. Utah – $3.90

No matter how much you pay, it’s nice to get more for your money. Here are eight tips to help you save on gas costs:

1. Use regular-grade fuel. Unless your car’s manufacturer specifically requires premium, high-octane gas isn’t necessary and doesn’t add any significant benefits.

2. Check apps for nearby gas prices. Search nearby gas stations for the cheapest prices with apps like Gasbuddy and Waze.

3. Join a rewards loyalty program. Find a local gas station that offers rewards for fuel purchases.

4. Drive at a steady pace. The faster you accelerate, the more gas you use so turn on cruise control or do your best to maintain the same speed.

5. Limit use of heat and air conditioning. These do impact fuel economy so try not to run them on full blast. If you’re driving at a slower speed when it’s warm out, put your windows down instead.

6. Keep tires at the proper pressure. Underinflated tires can lower your gas mileage so try to maintain the recommended tire pressure for your car.

7. Remove extra weight. If there’s anything inside or attached to your car that doesn’t need to be there, remove it for better gas mileage.

8. Use the correct type of oil. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil and look for types designated as “energy saving.”

In this season of high gas prices, another option to save money is to find ways to lower your car insurance premiums. Some of the most common ways include the following:

  • Raise your deductible.
  • Drop optional coverages.
  • Maintain good credit.
  • Ask if you qualify for a low mileage or safety course discount.

Westwood Insurance Agency works with some of the nation’s top auto insurance companies to find the best coverage and competitive prices for you. Talk to your Westwood agent today.

Please Note: This article is for general informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent any specific insurance policy and does not modify any provisions, limitations, or exclusions of any current policy.