The national gas price average rose 52 cents over the last month while pump prices in Hawaii have set another record this week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. The average regular unleaded gas price for Hawaii is now $5.45, which is three cents more than last week The average national price is $4.72, up five cents from a week ago.
In Honolulu, today’s average price for regular unleaded is $5.34, which is a new record price, three cents higher than last week, 18 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.47 higher than the price on this date last year. The Hilo average gas price is $5.47, which has not changed from last Thursday’s price, but it is up 18 cents from last month, and $1.48 higher than on this date a year ago.
In Kahului, the average price of $5.56, is one cent lower than last week but 17 cents higher than last month and $1.65 higher than a year ago. Lihue’s average price for regular is $5.85, which is a new record price and up six cents from last week, 37 cents higher than last month, and $1.73 higher than a year ago.
“High demand for travel as we head into the summer and continued concerns about global and local supply of gasoline will continue to put upward pressure on pump prices,” said Liane Sumida, AAA Hawaii general manager. ““It is hard to know what will happen with prices, but the upward pressure will likely last in the coming weeks and months as people take summer road trips. We encourage consumers to aggressively shop around for the lowest gas price using a tool like the free AAA Mobile app.”
More AAA Hawaii tips to save on fuel include:
- If you use premium unleaded fuel, make sure it is required for your vehicle, not just recommended. AAA’s Automotive Research Center found that vehicles with recommended premium fuel performed safely with regular unleaded gasoline.
- Make sure your tires are properly maintained and inflated to the correct level.
- Maintain your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular service will ensure optimum fuel economy.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard accelerations. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. Higher speeds result in more aerodynamic drag.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because you could lose control of the vehicle.
- Minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in colder temperatures. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
- Remove unnecessary and bulky items from your car.
- Minimize your use of roof racks and remove special carriers when not in use.
- Download the AAA Mobile pp to find the cheapest gas prices near you.
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find AAA discounts, book a hotel and access AAA Roadside Assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/Mobile.
Prices as of 6 a.m., June 2nd: