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Gas Saving Tips from the Pros

04/14/2008
(ARA) - With the price of gasoline slated to rise steeply, it makes more sense than ever to conserve it; not to mention it's the environmentally friendly thing to do. Here's some advice from the pros at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) that you can use year-round to save gasoline and help planet Earth. <br>Monitor your tires. Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure. Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional. <p>Consolidate your daily trips and errands. Some trips may be unnecessary. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions. <p>Avoid excessive engine idling. Shut off your vehicle while waiting for friends and family. <p>Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon. <p>Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually. Use cruise control. (You'll help your brakes and suspension system last longer, too). <p>Remove excess weight. Store only essentials in the trunk. Less weight means better mileage. After family vacations, make sure you remove all unnecessary items, including that rooftop cargo carrier. <p>Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds, since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on -- assuming that the system is in good working order. If possible, try to avoid using your air conditioner in heavy, stop-and-go traffic such as traffic jams or holiday weekend back-ups. <p>Keep your engine operating at its peak efficiency. A misfiring spark plug can greatly reduce gas mileage; conversely, a well-maintained engine will help you maximize the gas mileage for your specific make and model. <p>Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended; and have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected at a repair facility. Given today's high-tech engines, it's wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance. <p>These conservation tips will not only save gasoline, they'll help extend the life of your vehicle. <p>The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASE-certified technicians wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of certification. Their employers often display the blue and white ASE sign. <p>Visit www.asecert.org for more information. <p>Courtesy of ARA Content <br>

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