Gas Thefts on the Rise Nationwide

April 8, 2004 -- Posted at 9:51 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Enny, meeny, miny, moe which gas station won't cost you a toe ? While most of us are digging deep into our pockets to fill our tanks some people aren't digging at all.

Some people are playing musical gas stations for the price that's right, while store owners are being forced into a game of "catch me if you can". "The higher the gas prices the more drive offs your gonna have; that just seems to be the common trend," says Jay Hampton, a District Citgo Manager. It's a trend that's on the rise nationwide, but not in Jonesboro. One local gas station says the number of drive-offs are down because of an Arkansas gas theft law passed in 2001. If you do decide to pump and run of course your driver's license will be suspended and you can also land yourself in jail for one year and it'll cost you one thousand dollars. You might think a big corporation won't miss twenty bucks but, what most people don't know is that money is being taken out of a local owner's pocket. Anyone caught stealing gas could spend one year in jail have their license suspended and pay hefty fines.

Here are some gas saving tips:

Do NOT Accelerate or Brake Hard- By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated- Keep tire pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.

Keep Windows Closed - Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increases drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.

Use Cruise Control- Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.

Avoid Long Idles- If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for time.

Source: GasBuddy Organization Inc.