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1st Gear: Most energy experts expect about as much driving as during last year's Memorial Day weekend, the opening of the summer driving season, or perhaps a bit less. The average price for a gallon of regular nationwide is more than a buck higher than a year ago, although it slid about 6 cents over the last month, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Higher gasoline prices of course usually mean drivers are less eager to take a drive. Take the 2007 Memorial Day weekend, for example. With a robust economy, Americans pumped nearly 37 million barrels of gasoline over that three-day weekend as prices at the pump averaged $3.20. Only a year later, with recessionary clouds looming and prices at the pump 69 cents a gallon higher, Americans pumped 6 percent less gas. We're thinking this year's weekend — despite the higher prices — will do better. And not just because we'll be back behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler for the first time in years. But if you want to save money this weekend in dino-fuel, here's our helpful list of ways to do it.