WASHINGTON - Gas prices are rising in the D.C. area, up 48 cents over one year ago, but they could be a lot worse.
Mainstreet.com compiled a list of the top 10 cities around the world with the most expensive gasoline and the results could surprise you.
In Asmara, Eritrea, for example, gas costs $9.58 in U.S. dollars. That's more than twice what most American drivers are paying.
In Oslo, Norway, drivers are paying slightly less, at $9.33 for a gallon of regular.
Commuters in Rome and Copenhagen are shelling out $8.51 and $8.48 per gallon, respectively. In London, gas is $8.12 per gallon.
Tokyo, Japan was the tenth most expensive with prices at $6.59.
For consumers in the U.S. looking to save money at the pump, here are a few tricks from the experts at Yahoo Finance:
- Track prices around town through mobile apps, such as Gaspricewatch.com and Gasbuddy.com.
WTOP recommends tracking the cheapest prices through WTOP.com. Just enter a Zip Code.
- Don't settle for the closet gas station. The more convenient, the more expensive it's likely to be. If you have the time, try checking out other parts of town.
- Fill up on Wednesday when gas prices are lowest. Avoid the pump on weekends when demand and costs are highest.
- Know the fine print on your credit card and gas reward program. They are not created equally and sometimes sneak in fees or offer better savings elsewhere.
- Find out about gas rewards programs grocery stores offer.
- Full-service can be up to $5 more expensive. Make sure to get out of your car and pump the gas yourself.
When you find cheap gas, tweet the price using #WTOPgas.
WTOP's Kate Flynn contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.
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