Relief at the pump is looking good for Georgians. The state Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to suspend Georgia’s gas tax.
House representatives passed the bill on March 11, which means the full Senate must pass it to land on Governor Brian Kemp’s desk, who’s expected to sign the measure.
The Senate could hold the vote as early as Tuesday evening.
This bill would give drivers relief while gas prices continue to climb by suspending the additional 29 cents per gallon.
If passed, the measure would last through May 31.
Drivers were paying well above $4.00 per gallon at many gas stations around Atlanta and said that suspending the tax would bring only a small amount of help but still want lawmakers to approve it immediately.
For drivers who are looking to stretch their gas for as many miles as possible, auto expert Lauren Fix of Car Coach Reports has three simple tips:
Don’t idle your vehicle.
“We typically think it’s only a couple of pennies to sit in the drive-thru,” Fix said. “Park your vehicle. Go inside. That will save you the most fuel.”
Limit the weight
She recommends not carrying anything in your car you don’t need. By limiting the weight inside your car, you could increase your car’s fuel efficiency.
Stay up-to-date on maintenance.
“Anytime an engine is not maintained properly, that means something’s not functioning properly,” Fix said. “So you’re not going to get the best fuel economy when a pump or hose isn’t working.”
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