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Plan to Spend 7 Percent More on Fuel for Spring Break Drive Trip

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NEWS from AAA South Dakota, March 8, 2012 – Despite recent surges in pump prices, the national average price for self-serve regular gasoline today is only seven percent higher than it was one year ago, according to AAA’s $3.76 per gallon today vs. $3.52 on Mar. 8, 2011.
            But over the past month, the rise in retail prices has been a bit more dramatic, up 28 cents since Feb. 8, 2012 nationwide and 29 cents in South Dakota.
            To gauge fuel costs for upcoming Spring Break drive trips, AAA recommends using the auto club’s free Fuel Cost Calculator, available under Fuel News & Tools in the AAA News & Safety section of
            Using current gasoline prices from as well as the latest highway fuel economy ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator estimates the amount and cost of gasoline needed to complete a vacation trip. Here are some samples using today’s data:
  • Minneapolis – The 538-mile roundtrip drive trip to Minneapolis from Sioux Falls will consume 22.42 gallons of fuel, costing $80.66.  From Rapid City, the 1,218-mile Minneapolis roundtrip will use 50.76 gallons, costing $180.00.
  • Omaha – Driving the 364 miles to and from Omaha from Sioux Falls will cost $55.94 for the 15.16 gallons of fuel used.  From Rapid City, the 1,050-mile roundtrip will use 43.76 gallons of gasoline, costing $159.12.
  • Kansas City – From Sioux Falls, driving the 722 miles roundtrip to Kansas City will consume 30.08 gallons of gas, costing $108.36.  From Rapid City, it’s 1,406 miles to and from Kansas City; the 58.58 gallons of fuel will cost $208.00.
  • Denver –   Fuel for the 1,440-mile roundtrip to Denver from Sioux Falls will cost $206.44 (60 gallons) and from Rapid City, the roundtrip of 814 miles to Denver will cost $114.94 for the required 33.92 gallons of gas.
For the samples above, a 2007 Toyota Camry was used. At AAA’s Fuel
Cost Calculator website, visitors are asked to plug in the make, model and year of their specific vehicle, as well as their actual trip. Fuel consumption will differ, based on each particular vehicle’s fuel economy and driving style of the motorist.
            Fuel saving tips as well as access to AAA’s free Fuel Price Finder can be found under Fuel News & Tools in the AAA News & Safety section of
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Marilyn Buskohl
AAA Public Affairs
Phone: 605-221-1624