10 best cities to save on gas
Honda Accord owner is paying $73 -- seventy-three dollars -- to fill up the popular sedan’s 18.5-gallon tank. Drivers shell out even more at the pump in cities such as Los Angeles ($81 per tankful) and Chicago ($83).
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To identify the best cities to beat rising gas prices, we focused on three key factors that impact drivers: local gas prices, average commute times and the percentage of people who carpool to work. Carpooling, in particular, is an important indicator because it reduces traffic congestion for all drivers and lowers fuel expenditures for carpoolers themselves. Since this analysis is aimed at drivers specifically, we didn’t take into account any potential savings from using public transportation rather than getting behind the wheel.
Check out our list of the 10 best cities to save on gas.
(Photo: Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council)
Length of commute: 17.6 minutes (U.S. average: 24.2 minutes)
Share of carpoolers: 12.1% (U.S. average: 10.4%)
Gas price per gallon: $3.64 (U.S. average: $3.93)
Cost to fill up a Honda Accord: $67
Texas traditionally ranks at the low end of the gas-cost spectrum, says Avery Ash, who tracks regulatory affairs for AAA. That has to do with the way gas is priced. When you fuel up, you aren't just paying for gasoline -- you're also paying taxes on that gas, the cost of refining it from crude oil, and the expense of transporting and distributing it to your local gas station.
In Texas, the gas station and the refinery are rarely far apart, cutting down on distribution costs. Amarillo, for one, sits just 45 miles south of Valero's 5,000-acre McKee Refinery, which processes oil from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Taxes also keep costs low for Texas commuters. The state taxes gas at 38.4 cents a gallon, well below the national average of 48.8 cents.