AAA Predicts Lower Gas Prices in 2013

by Erika Brooks on January 11, 2013 at 6:20 am

AAA is predicting low prices at the pump in 2013.

The auto club says the drop in prices is due to lower demand and an increase in domestic oil production. While prices will be lower throughout the year, there could be a possible increase through April or early May, which is beneficial information for drivers planning that summer vacation.

"Knowing how the gas prices fluctuate through the year and knowing that if you are planning on taking a road trip in May you might be incurring some of the highest gas prices of the year, that can help you to budget and to plan a little bit better," said AAA Spokesperson, Kimberly Schwind.

Purchasing a new fuel-efficient vehicle could help cut back on trips to the pump, but if buying a new car isn’t in the plans there are other ways to save on gas.

"You can improve your gas mileage simply by combining trips, making sure you have properly inflated tires, taking all the weight out of your car, out of your trunk and also changing your driving habits making sure that you’re not driving aggressively."

Prices are expected to peak at $3.60 to $3.80 a gallon in 2013, barring any significant unanticipated events.