With rising fuel costs, traffic, and limited parking spaces in urban areas, Dump The Pump Day is all about finding alternatives to driving and breaking the habit of using fuel for the day.  Save on fuel costs by taking public transportation, cycling, walking, or carpooling to work. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $10,174 a year.

Federal and State fuel taxes can burn a hole in your budget too. States like Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.  have suffered hikes in fuel taxes over the last year. According to the American Petroleum Institute, the states with the highest gas tax (combined federal and state taxes, rounded to the nearest hundredth) are as follows:


$.71 cents per gallon

New York

$.68 cents per gallon


$.68 cents per gallon


$.60 cents per gallon


$.60 cents per gallon


$.59 cents per gallon


$.58 cents per gallon

North Carolina

$.56 cents per gallon

Washington State

$.56 cents per gallon


$.54 cents per gallon