Petroleum industry analysts warned us that 4-dollar a gallon gas would be here before summer.  It officially arrived yesterday, with no relief in sight.

Most stations in mid-Michigan are selling regular unleaded gasoline for anywhere from 4.10 to 4.25.  It might be here to stay this time and could possibly go much higher.  Could we be paying $5 a gallon soon?

Here are a few things you can do to get the most mileage out of this pricey fuel:

Keep your vehicle tuned up and in good running order.

Check the air pressure in your tires!  Improper inflation can cost you a mile or two per gallon.  That's a lot!

Slow down.  At speeds above 60 miles per hour, most vehicles REALLY start to suck the fuel.

Carpool.  Sharing the expense makes more sense than ever.  You might even SAVE money from when fuel prices were lower.

Use public transit.

It's motorcycle season.  Might be time to start riding it to work.

Walk or ride a bicycle on short trips.  Nearly 100 million Americans are considered obese.  This can help solve two major problems we face in this country.

Both oil and unleaded gasoline are traded on the commodities markets.  Speculators are betting the ranch that Americans won't change their ways.  They stand to lose big if we do.  I for one, would love to see that happen.