With the average price of gas at more than $4 a gallon -- and not likely to stop rising any time soon -- "it's time for people to modify the way they drive," says Christie Hyde, a spokesperson for the American Automobile Association (AAA). The biggest impact on your wallet will come from cutting down your car time -- walk, use public transportation, and work from home when you can -- but when your wheels are the only option, little tweaks can go a long way. Here, experts and real women share some tips to beat the squeeze at the gas pump:
- Travel in packs. "My friends and I started carpooling for convenience and time, and now we are all saving real money," says Margaret Dempsey, 43, from Nanuet, NY. The mother of three regularly shuttles six or seven kids in her van to sporting events, church, the pool, or skateboarding club. And when she is booked on a catering job -- her part-time gig -- she and her coworkers meet at a commuter lot and pile into one car.
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