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Here's how to save money on gas this holiday season

Posted at 7:23 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 12:37:30-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The state of Florida is seeing its lowest holiday gas prices in two years.

According to AAA, more Americans will be travel by car this holiday season than ever before.

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The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers taking to the nation's runways, roads and rails for the year-end holidays represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most since AAA has been tracking holiday travel in 2001.

But did you know you could save even more money depending on where you fill up?

Each county has a gas tax, and some counties are higher and lower than others. That means you could save some money by just filling up in a different city.

Here's a breakdown of the different gas taxes in our area:

  • Palm Beach County: 55.7 cents (maximum allowed by the state)
  • Martin County: 55.7 cents
  • St. Lucie County: 55.7
  • Indian River County: 49.7 cents
  • Okeechobee County: 55.7

And the gas tax fluctuates throughout Florida:

  • Broward County: 55.7 cents
  • Brevard County: 49.7 cents
  • Hillsborough County: 50.7 cents
  • Miami County: 53.7 cents
  • Orange County: 49.7 cents
  • Leon County: 55.7 cents

Here's some other tips to help you save money while you travel:

Download apps for your smartphone
There's some apps you can download to help you find cheap gas and even help you save up to 20 cents per gallon. For iPhone, you can download Around Me, Gas Cubby and SmartFuel. For both Android and iPhone, download Where.com or GasBuddy. The apps help you find the cheapest gas stations nearest you based off the location on your phone.

Buy gas during a certain time of day
Try to buy your gas early or late is in the day, especially when its warmer outside. Gas is cooler earlier in the day and more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump. Buying gas early in the week also helps you save. Prices usually go up between Wednesday and Saturday, but stay lower during the early days of the week.

Adjust the way you drive
Driving fast increases drag, which increases fuel consumption. Driving just below the speed limit and driving smoothly by not accelerating quickly uses gas more efficiently, so you may have to fill up a lot less often.