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Gas going up to $5.00 a gallon?

April 19, 2011

With all the unrest abroad it is rumored that gasoline could hit the $5.00 mark by July; just when the summer driving season is upon us. This is not so hard to believe since the price of gas has gone up .26 cents in the last month.

Here are some tips that can help you get the most out of your tank and wallet (maybe even help the environment at the same time).

  1. 1. Keep your tires inflated properly. Sounds simple but this can save fuel and reduce pre-mature wearing of your tires.
  2. Get regular Tune-ups and Oil changes. This will reduce the cars need for gas. This will also help reduce car emissions.
  3. Don’t top off the gas tank – this is a waste since it most likely will seep out.
  4. Keep gas cap tight. If it is loose gas can evaporate.
  5.  Time to clean out the clutter in your trunk. The more weight you carry around the more gas you use.
  6. Don’t warm up the engine in the winter. Most new cars only require a minute or two to get ready.
  7. Try to avoid “jack Rabbit” starts and stops. A gradual increase and decrease in acceleration is better for fuel consumption and safety.
  8. Try to coast into traffic lights. The less breaking and accelerating you do the more fuel economy you will get.
  9. Drive within the speed limit. The faster you drive the more gas you use.
  10. If you have been in the market for a new car try to get one with good fuel economy. Why not try a Hybrid?
  11.  Try to walk, bike or use public transportation if you can.

Here is my biggest tip of all. Move to a one car town like Mount Kisco. It has a walkable down town and plenty of public transportation options. You don’t need a car to get around town!

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