From coast to coast, drivers learn a tough lesson on how geopolitical events and war in the hemisphere can have a direct impact on their wallets. With record high gas prices, Consumer Reports has a few simple ways to maximize fuel economy by changing the way you drive.

At gas stations that are far from major highways and away from city centers, prices tend to be higher, as in warehouses and some major tourist centers.

On the topic: Gas prices jumped 26 cents a week and reached a record high in San Antonio, Texas and the United States

Apps and websites such as GasBuddy, Gas Guru and Waze can help with real-time pricing at nearby gas stations.

Before you go on the road, check the tire pressure. Insufficiently inflated tires affect fuel economy as well as performance and handling. If you are unsure of the correct tire pressure, check the ear sticker.

And if you have a roof rack, especially an empty one, think about having to remove it because it reduces the aerodynamics of your car, which loses gas consumption.

And did you know that your driving habits can help or damage your fuel economy? The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you consume. The goal should be to drive smoothly and anticipate traffic while following the speed limit. Smooth acceleration, cornering and braking help extend the life of the engine, transmission, brakes and tires.

While your car’s heater won’t affect fuel economy, air conditioning will. So if the weather is good, roll up the windows and enjoy the breeze.

And if you are looking for a more economical car, we have a list of vehicles on our website.

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