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High Fuel Costs
By Dave Rongey
Summary: Practice driving tips and maintenance practices that can increase your fuel efficiency while you get the last miles out of that gas guzzler and say good bye to it forever - then experience the wonderful world of electric cars.
Don't Let High Fuel Costs Drive You Nuts
Whether you drive an economy car or an SUV, there are plenty of ways to improve your gas mileage.
Avoid aggressive driving and observe the speed limit. Speeding, fast acceleration, and hard braking wastes gas.
Lighten your load by clearing your car of extra weight, and remove roof racks or carriers if not used frequently.
Keep current with car maintenance—clean air filters can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%. Properly inflated and aligned tires will improve gas mileage by 3%. Using the wrong grade of oil can reduce mileage by 1% to 2%.
For longer-term savings, consider a high-mileage vehicle for your next purchase.
See http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ for more on buying a fuel-efficient car or truck.
Check out Driving and Car Maintenance for more tips.
Transportation accounts for 66% of U.S. oil use — mainly in the form of gasoline. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve gas mileage.
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