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Gas prices to remain high

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Posted: 8 am ET

While gas prices are expected to drop over the next month due to the switch to winter fuel blends, U.S. drivers are on pace to spend the most to refuel their cars this year than ever before -- and experts say gas prices will continue to remain high.

Despite consumers using less gas and production at U.S. refineries being higher, our fuel supplies are lower than in 2010 because more gas is being exported to other countries. As a result, gas prices are remaining high. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas nationwide is currently $3.66, that's 94 cents higher than a year earlier, according to the Energy Information Administration, the federal agency that tracks gas prices.

Even with high gas prices, you don't have to spend a fortune to fill up your car. First, reduce your costs at the pump with these 5 easy ways to find cheap gas. Then, make sure you do everything you can to improve your gas mileage in your car by following these 3 driving tips for better fuel economy.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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