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AAA: High Gas Prices Leading To More Stranded Drivers

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A gallon of regular gas was $4.19 at the Shell on Wisconsin Ave. NW April 18.
Jessica Jordan
A gallon of regular gas was $4.19 at the Shell on Wisconsin Ave. NW April 18.

Drivers are trying to get the most for their money, and running their vehicles for miles after the gas light comes on, according to the organization.

D.C. commuter William Hamilton isn't one of them, he says. He always fills up his vehicle’s fuel tank when at least a quarter of gas remains. (AAA would be proud -- that's the group's recommendation.)

He's still not happy about the bottom line, though. "I do the same thing. I put 15 dollars in here yesterday and believe it or not it's gone today," he says. "20 dollars is nothing."

AAA officials warn that waiting until the last minute to gas up could ultimately cost drivers more than if they put fuel in their tanks sooner. Running your vehicle on low fuel could cause sediment in the bottom of the tank, or could clog the fuel tanks, fuel filter or fuel injectors and lead to some expensive repairs.

The organization recommends that drivers fill up when they get down to a quarter of a tank.

Have you been holding out for a station with cheaper gas to fill up? Check out our map of prices below, or gasbuddy.com, to find the best gas deals in the area.


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