Gas price myths debunked: A true-or-false test
Garages are offering tune-up specials, and auto parts stores are pushing fuel additives that promise to squeeze the most out of a tankful.
All this automotive angst is enough to drive a penny-pinching driver round the bend. Your challenge: Separate gas price fact from fiction. Can you really save money by filling up first thing in the morning when it's cool? To learn the answer to this and other gas questions, click on the photos below and read on. Information provided by AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Chicken Little fears
Myth: Gas prices will hit $5 a gallon this summer. Answer: False -- unless Israel or the United States strike Iran's nuclear facilities. AAA Mid-Atlantic calls that the "doomsday scenario," or the Chicken Little, "the-sky-is-falling" mind-set. Although pump prices have already spiked over $4 in some U.S. retail markets, most American consumers will not pay nearly that much for gasoline this spring and summer. Tom Kloza, gas guru for AAA and the Oil Price Information Service, believes U.S. gas prices will average between $3.75 and $4.25 this spring.