FORT MYERS, Fla.- Despite climbing costs at the pump, AAA Auto Club South reports more people are hitting the road to travel this spring.
The agency reports a 10% increase in overall travel, compared to this time last year. AAA says the majority of those travelling, are reaching their destination by driving.
"People are choosing, especially with families, to travel by vehicle, by car. Because it's just a very economical way compared to flying," Marsha Kut of AAA said Friday.
Most major airlines have had to increase fares due to the climbing cost of jet fuel. Margaret and Robert Grgic of Fort Myers say a trip to visit family in Ohio would've cost them $400 a piece in airfare. Now, they're mapping out a 3,000 road trip. But with the climbing cost of gas, they say it's going to put a serious dent in their wallet.
"It's going to be at least double what it was last year," Margaret Grgic said.
AAA is releasing new tips to get the most out of your gas tank. Properly inflated tires can improve fuel economy up to 3%, saving you up to 12 cents per gallon. Also, checking or replacing dirty air filters in your car improves fuel economy by up to 10%, saving up to 40 cents per gallon.
Aggressive driving will also burn up fuel fast. AAA says avoiding excessive braking and acceleration can improve fuel economy between 5-33%, saving anywhere between .20- $1.32 per gallon. They also recommend cleaning out your trunk. Removing excessive weight from your car can save you between 5 to 8 cents per gallon.