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Great Gas-Saving Tips

With gas prices climbing higher, we'd all like to visit the filling station less often. Follow these 10 simple suggestions and you'll notice a difference!

1. Avoid warming up your car for a prolonged period of time. Less than a minute warm-up time is enough, even on a cold morning.

2. When starting from dead stop, accelerate slowly. Drive the speed limit. Slow and steady's safe-and it saves gas.

3. Did you know that idling your engine for one minute consumes the same amount of gas as re-starting the engine? Don't turn the engine off and on needlessly.

4. Extra weight in the car, trunk, or on top of your car will reduce your mileage. If you can, get rid of extra tires, back seats and unnecessary heavy objects.

5. When you're on the highway, keep your windows closed. Open windows reduce mileage by about 10%.

6. Have regular tune-ups and change your air filter often to ensure gas efficiency.

7. Take public transportation, carpool, and combine shopping trips. Walking or biking is better for your budget and your health.

8. Instead of buying a new car, join a car-sharing program such as I-GO, which lets you reserve and drive cars by the hour-they cover insurance, gas, parking, and maintenance.

9. Consider a hybrid. A hybrid combines an electric motor with a conventional gas-powered engine. Over its lifetime, a hybrid will use roughly half the gas a conventional car uses.

10. Urge your elected officials to raise fuel economy standards to 40 miles per gallon. Doing this would save nearly 4 million barrels of oil a day!

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