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Drivers coping differently as gas prices continue to rise

The Daily Courier/Jason Soifer
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Misty Barnett got nearly seven gallons of gasoline for $25 for her Ford F150 truck Thursday afternoon. Barnett said it costs her $62 to fill up the truck’s tank.

The Daily Courier/Jason Soifer <br> Misty Barnett got nearly seven gallons of gasoline for $25 for her Ford F150 truck Thursday afternoon. Barnett said it costs her $62 to fill up the truck’s tank.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Charlie Manco stays on top of his car's maintenance.

With gasoline prices ascending daily, Manco does regular maintenance on his Chrysler 300 that includes timely filter changes, tune-ups and tire pressure checks.

Manco sat in waiting room at the Meineke Car Care Center in Prescott Valley Thursday afternoon.

"You get better mileage if you keep your engine tuned," he said.

AAA Arizona on Wednesday sent out a press release outlining fuel saving tips as drivers statewide are paying 42 cents more for fuel than they were at this time in 2007.

Michelle Donati, public affairs specialist for the club, recommends people try carpooling, telecommuting or public transportation as driving alternatives.

Donati suggests people watch for low fuel prices. But, she does not recommend driving to distant gas stations to save a few cents.

Other tips include following Manco's mantra to keep up on vehicle maintenance, keeping vehicle weight down as much as possible and following speed limits.

Driving 75 mph instead of 65 mph will cut fuel economy 10 percent and it dips nearly 20 percent when a driver hits 70 mph instead of 55 mph.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that properly inflated tires can improve vehicle gas mileage 3.3 percent.

But others are choosing their own path to rising gas prices.

John Lonas is one of many who are ditching a gas-guzzling car for a better alternative.

Lonas has a Dodge one-ton truck sitting at home and he is driving a 1987 Suzuki Samurai.

He spent $20 on nearly 5.5 gallons of gasoline to take advantage of the 26 miles per gallon the car gives him.

"It's cheap on gas and it gets me from Point A to Point B and everywhere in between the hard way," he said.

Dennis Wharton is simply cutting down his commuting.

Wharton has a Ford Expedition that costs him $100 to fill up.

"This vehicle works perfect for my family, but the problem is we can't afford it anymore," he said.

Juanita Michael's Dodge Ram is collecting dust in her driveway.

These days, Michael is driving a Ford Focus to take advantage of the better gasoline mileage.

Contact the reporter at jsoifer@prescottaz.com

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