Gas prices rose 47 cents at a national level in just one month while pump prices in Hawaii set another record, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. The average regular unleaded gas price for Hawaii is $5.43, which is seven cents more than last week and has set a new state record price. The average national price is $4.60, up one cent from a week ago.
In Honolulu, today’s average price for regular unleaded is $5.31, which is a new record price, six cents higher than last week, 16 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.46 higher than the price on this date last year. The Hilo average gas price is $5.46, a new record and up seven cents from last Thursday’s price, up 16 cents from last month, and $1.47 higher than on this date a year ago.
In Kahului, the average price is $5.57, which is a new record price and ten cents higher than last week, 20 cents higher than last month, and $1.69 higher than a year ago. Lihue’s average price for regular is $5.79, which is a new record price and up nine cents from last week, 31 cents higher than last month, and $1.69 higher than a year ago.
“AAA predicts 39.2 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Liane Sumida, AAA Hawaii general manager. “Despite historic gas prices, we expect 34.9 million Americans will hit the road. 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., May 26: