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'Hypermiling' driving technique offers ways to save gas

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Most holiday weekends, people hit the roads to head home. But this weekend, travelers have hit a snag -- high gas prices. Most holiday weekends, people hit the roads to head home. But this weekend, travelers have hit a snag -- high gas prices.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Most holiday weekends, people hit the roads to head home. But this weekend, travelers have hit a snag -- high gas prices.

They are expected to climb in North Carolina, reaching $4 a gallon this month, and AAA says April typically sees increased prices because refineries conduct heavy maintenance to switch over to summer-blend production.

However, there are some ways to cut down on gas consumption through a technique called hypermiling. It's used to maximize fuel economy, and has been proven to save a lot of money.

Still, not many know about it.

"I feel like we drive too much and if we were that worried about it, then we would try to control consumption," said Linden Boone, who thought about the various ways Americans could save money on gas as she filled up her tank Friday.

"We are dependent on cars, and that's a shame," she said. "If we had better mass transit, I wouldn't need to be driving to places like Raleigh or some other places."

Other drivers, like Charles Blanchard, are forced to take long road trips every day, and he's not happy about the prices.

Blanchard works for Apria Healthcare, a company that provides medical equipment for patients in need. He says the cost of fuel is really hurting his business.

"Before, if a patient needed something, we would be able to drop everything and go," he said. "But it's kind of hard to run 100 miles there and back, because we lose money the entire time."

But there are ways to save gas. According to the EcoTrekker's hypermiling guide, you can save money on gas by using cruise control, coasting instead of breaking, and by not speeding.

Alyce Pulley is a single mother of three, she says she would do anything to save a few dollars. She drives back and forth from Wilmington to Ivanhoe for work every day.

"It's about $160 of two weeks of gas for me," she said. "It's really frustrating because I'm a single mom and it breaks my budget."

Pulley's just hoping to provide for her family.

While hypermiling might be a good way for Pulley to save some money, Boone quite doesn't sympathize with her.

"I'm not surprised by the high gas prices," said Boone. "I think we all need to do a better job of curtailing our use of it and quit complaining about gas prices."

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