These cars are more efficient than ever. Yet, Americans still spend a lot of money on gasoline for their cars. The U.S. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, motorists spent $348 billion on fuel in 2017. These figures are the most recent available. This amounts to an average national per-capita fuel expenditure of $1,072. Rural areas, where commute times can be longer, and public transport is inaccessible or impossible, saw per-capita gasoline consumption of $1,500. You can’t control your annual fuel costs. When gas prices rise, fill-ups are more expensive. However, as a cost-conscious driver, you can have a lot of control over how much gasoline you use.