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Gasoline Pricing Facts for Consumers

While an individual may not be able to influence the price of gasoline at the pump, there are things you can do to reduce your gasoline consumption and costs.

  • Improve your vehicle's gas mileage.
  • Keep the tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires force the engine to work harder.
  • Follow the speed limit. The faster you drive, the poorer your gas mileage.
  • Keep your car tuned up. Even a bad spark plug can greatly reduce mileage.
  • Keep the windows closed and use the air conditioner at highway speed to reduce drag. In stop-and-go city traffic, shut off the air conditioner and open the windows.
  • Drive at a smooth speed. Avoid sudden, fast acceleration.

Choose renewable fuel blends when available.

  • Nearly all gasoline in Minnesota contains 10% ethanol, reducing our reliance on foreign petroleum.
  • Check to see if you have a "flexible fuel" vehicle, which allows you to use less expensive E-85 fuel (85% ethanol). Many people with flexible fuel vehicles do not know they have one! Look under the fuel door lid for the word "E-85."
  • Look for biodiesel fuel for diesel vehicles. Biodiesel blends, containing up to 20% biodiesel, are becoming more available as the market for them increases. Contact the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association for a current list of stations offering
  • All #2 diesel fuel sold in Minnesota is required to contain 5% biodiesel year-round. All #1 diesel fuel sold in Minnesota is required to contain 5% biodiesel during the months of April - September. Some gas stations sell blends up to 20% biodiesel.

Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle

  • Compare the fuel economy of different vehicles before making a purchase.
  • Consider hybrid or flexible fuel vehicles which are less expensive to operate.
  • If you have two cars, use the more efficient one for short trips and city driving.

Consider alternative transportation

  • Carpool or take the bus to work.
  • Ride your bicycle to work one day a week.