A gas station known for its competitive prices in the City of Lambertville has closed its doors.
Gasco, which is at the busy intersection of South Franklin Street and Main Street (Route 29), has been a staple for motorists for years but has recently been seen with caution tape surrounding its pumps. No one has been working at the station and the pumps have been off.
The closure, which took place in mid-October has left local commuters and NewHopeFreePress.com readers wondering about the sudden shuttering of the business.
When visited by a reporter earlier this week, the station was inactive with no signs indicating its future.
Gasco had gained a reputation for offering some of the lowest gas prices in the area and it became a popular stop for drivers looking to fuel up.
Tips from the U.S. Department of Energy’s for drivers to conserve fuel:
Slow Down and Drive Conservatively
Speeding increases fuel consumption and decreases fuel economy as a result of tire rolling resistance and air resistance. While vehicles reach optimal fuel economy at different speeds, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 miles per hour (mph). For light-duty vehicles, for example, every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying $0.30 more per gallon of gas (based on the price of gas at $4.32 per gallon). Reducing your speed by 5 to 10 mph can improve fuel economy by 7%–14%.
Using cruise control on the highway can help drivers maintain a constant speed; vehicles use the most energy when accelerating. Obeying the speed limit, accelerating and braking gently and gradually, and reading the road ahead can improve the fuel economy of your vehicle by 15%–30% at highway speeds and 10%–40% in stop-and-go traffic. Driving more sensibly is also much safer for you and others.
Combining trips can save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary stopping and starting of your vehicle, which can be an issue in colder climates where it takes longer for your engine to reach its most fuel-efficient temperature. Shorter trips can use twice as much fuel as one long, multi-purpose trip that covers the same distance, when the engine is warm and at its most fuel-efficient temperature. Engine and transmission friction increases with cold engine oil and other drive-line fluids, making the engine less efficient. Trip planning can reduce the distance you travel and the amount of time you drive with a cold engine.
For information on how cold weather affects fuel economy, see FuelEconomy.gov’s Fuel Economy in Cold Weather page.
Reduce Vehicle Load
The additional weight of items left in a vehicle requires more fuel to propel your vehicle. An extra 100 pounds in your trunk, for example, could reduce your fuel economy by about 1%. Hauling rooftop cargo also increases drag, which can reduce fuel economy from 2%–8% in city driving, 6%–17% on the highway, and 10%–25% at 65–75 mph. Offload any unnecessary items to reduce the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
Get Direct Feedback
Drivers may find it difficult to recognize opportunities to conserve fuel while driving. A 2018 study(PDF) by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation found that instantaneous or in-vehicle feedback affects driver behavior and improves fuel economy on average of 6.6% and can result in even greater driving improvements when combined with other strategies, such as driver training or performance-based rewards.
Editor’s Note: Publisher Tom Sofield contributed to this report.