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August 13, 2015
AAA Fuel Gauge Alert: Wisconsin Gas Prices on the Rise
Madison, Wisc. (August 13, 2015) – After steadily dropping for the past month, gas prices across Wisconsin are on the rise due to a partial shutdown of the BP refinery in Whiting, IN.  This development - which comes at the tail end of the peak driving season - has already had a substantial impact on prices in the Milwaukee and Chicago markets, but the effects are now being felt around the Midwest.  Today’s AAA Fuel Gauge Report lists the Wisconsin statewide average as $2.67, a ten cent jump overnight. 

The Milwaukee metro area has seen prices increase 19 cents overnight.  Today’s average for this market is $2.81, which is back to only 2 cents off what it was one month ago.

The Madison and Janesville/Beloit regions have been the next hardest hit by this spike, with today’s averages at $2.59 (13 cents above yesterday) and $2.58 (11 cents above yesterday), respectively. 

Averages in other markets have risen as well.  Green Bay is at $2.59, 7 cents above yesterday; La Crosse is at 2.60, a 6 cent jump; and Eau Claire is at $2.69, a 5 cent increase.

AAA tracks gas prices daily on the national, state and local level at the
fuelgaugereport.AAA.com.   

AAA recommends that motors take the following steps to increase fuel efficiency and save money on gas:

 
  1. Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts. 

  1. Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible. 
  2. Avoid long warm-ups in the morning. They’re unnecessary and waste fuel.

  1. Use air conditioning. Today’s air conditioners create less drag on the engine than driving with the windows open.
  2. Maintain recommended tire pressure. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires.
  3. Keep the air filter clean. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.
  4. Slow down. Every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.
  5. Combine errands. If possible, park in a central spot and walk from place to place
  6. Don’t use your trunk for storage. The heavier your car, the more fuel it uses.
  7. Shop around for the best price. Gas prices can vary tremendously, which means it can pay to use the AAA mobile app or Fuel Price Finder on AAA.com to find the cheapest gas station near you.
     

Contact(s):

Nick Jarmusz
phone: 608-828-2495
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
 


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