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Rising Gas Prices Rankle Fairfield Drivers

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – As Chris Blanc filled up his tank at the Cumberland Farms station on the Post Road in Fairfield on Tuesday, the sign behind him told a story of its own. One side of the placard listed a gallon of gas at $3.91. The flip side, and more importantly the pump Blanc used, read $3.95.

Fairfield’s gas prices are going up so quickly even the advertisements can’t keep up.

“It’s getting a little ridiculous,” Blanc said. “I don’t know what to really say about it. I think everyone would like it if gas prices were cheaper.”

According to The Daily Fairfield’s own gas price tracker , the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded has risen steadily since the beginning of 2012. Prices hit their low just after Christmas at $3.53 per gallon. This week’s prices fall just shy of the $4 mark.

“It’s crazy,” said Ashley Colello as the price readout for her tank of gas inched toward $80. “I’ve got three kids, and I drive around a lot because of their activities. It’s getting cost-prohibitive.”

Fairfielders such as Blanc and Colello may be frustrated, but they can at least be thankful they don’t live farther west. Fairfield’s prices in the $3.90s still fare better than in Stamford, where the average has passed $4.

George Blanc of Stamford says he tries his best to fill up in towns such as Fairfield and Stratford as he drives around the county for business. “I don’t fill up anywhere near Stamford,” he said.

Chris Blanc, still a student, said prices have gotten so high that he has decided to start taking the bus to school again to save money. George Blanc, no relation, who is self-employed as a title searcher, does not have that luxury.

Still, AAA of Southern New England offers a few tips to drivers looking to cut their fuel use. One piece of advice was to make sure your tires are properly inflated, which can add about 3 percent to your fuel economy. Staying up-to-date with maintenance works much the same way.

Once on the road, AAA recommends making fewer sudden stops. Gradual braking and acceleration can make your car up to 33 percent more efficient, the group says. Traveling at the speed limit on highways also cuts down on the fuel you’ll use for your morning commute.

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