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Tips for improving gas mileage
* Blasting off from green lights and squealing around corners are great strategies in the Indy 500, but according to the U.S. Department of Energy, they also lower your fuel economy by 30 to 40 percent. Aggressive driving also adds wear and tear to your tires, brakes and engine, presents a serious safety hazard – and it’s only a matter of time before you get a speeding ticket. Try to maintain a steady rate of speed, anticipate stops, and accelerate gradually, and you’ll be surprised how much longer your gas needle stays near the “full” mark.
* A car is really only as good as its tires. When’s the last time you looked at yours? A tire pressure gauge is one of the cheapest tools you can own, and not only can it save you from a flat, it can also save you money on gas expenses. Inside the driver’s door is a plaque that lists the recommended size and air pressure of your tires. Tires always seem to choose the worst time to go flat, so while your checking the air pressure also take a look at your tires' tread pattern, and consider a replacement if any are looking bald. Tire manufacturers are always finding new gas-saving tire designs; find tire reviews and gas mileage information at TireRack.com and 1010tires.com
* Because a well-tuned motor runs more efficiently, getting a regular tune-up is like saving seven to 10 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Some problems, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can reduce your gas mileage by up to 40 percent. And consider splurging on a high-quality synthetic motor oil with energy-conserving compounds -- they’ll have an "Energy Conserving" label on them, courtesy of the American Petroleum Institute. Most states allow mechanics to charge an oil-disposal fee, which helps to ensure that your used motor oil gets recycled.