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Checking in with the ABC12 Gas Gauge Monday afternoon

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (06/09/14) - Checking in with the ABC12 Gas Gauge, shows that for the third week in a row, you are paying more to top off the tank.

Late last week, prices jumped to nearly $4 a gallon in part of Mid-Michigan.

That's pretty close to where they started the day on Monday. AAA reports the statewide average was $3.93 a gallon.

Believe it or not, that's not too bad compared to the same time last year. Problems at a refinery last June sent prices to $4.22. They stayed above $4 for several days.

How do we compare to the rest of the nation?

Michigan drivers are paying nearly 30 cents more than the national average of $3.65 a gallon.

As we all know prices, are constantly changing. You can turn to the Gas Gauge, HERE, to keep up and find the best prices near you.

When gas prices are on the rise, we start thinking about our gas mileage a little more - but when it comes to saving fuel, there are a few myths out there.

One of the most common myths is that the smaller the car, the better. Experts say due to advanced technologies, you don't have to drive a tiny car now to get good fuel economy. For 2014 models, half of the most fuel efficient are midsize or large cars.

Another myth - premium, expensive gas helps you get better mileage. Unless your car is specifically designed for premium gas, you won't see a boost.

Then there's the manual vs automatic transmissions debate. Changes to automatic transmissions over the years have improved their efficiency, so now there's really no difference between the two.
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