Local Memorial Day travelers paying less for fuel this year

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Travelers nationwide are paying an average of $3.65 per gallon so far this holiday weekend. Last year Eau Claire drivers paid more than $4.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- As we begin our first warm holiday weekend of 2014, drivers have a little something to be thankful for.

Gas prices, so far, have remained relatively stable. The average in Eau Claire on Friday was $3.59 per gallon. Last year at this time, drivers were paying $4.09. But despite the 50 cent difference, some travelers have a spendy weekend ahead.

"When you pump a few gallons every little bit helps now a days," said Mark Folenweighter. He was on his way from Illinois to Hayward with a pickup truck and a boat. His cost to fill the tanks is about $250.

Over at The Edge Pub and Eatery in Chippewa Falls, Tim Hanson of Eau Claire just finished docking his boat.

He estimates his fuel cost between the boat and truck broke a little more than $100. But he says it's worth it.

"It's worth it, no question," he said.

That is how Jason Amundson feels, too. He is even willing to pay extra at the marina for the convenience.

"Some people like to carry cans down and save a little money buying it at a gas station but then you risk spilling it in the water, and that's not good for the environment either," he said.

If you are looking to save a few bucks on gas, AAA says make sure your tires are inflated. It also says make sure you drive the speed limit -- after 60 miles per hour, any speed five miles per hour over costs an extra .24 cents per gallon.

It also says try not to store luggage or other items on top of your car or truck. Doing so impacts the aerodynamics of the vehicle, creating a drag, and decreasing your gas mileage.

Other than that, there is always the old fashioned way to save gas.

"I watched the pennies on the signs but what else do you do your stuck," Folenweighter added.


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