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With the price of gas soaring, here are a few simple tips for conserving fuel:

  • Don't speed: Each 5 miles over 60 mph is like paying a additional 24 cents per gallon.
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  • Dump the trunk junk: Especially heavy items you are not using. A extra 100 pounds could reduce your mpg by up to 2 percent. Also, streamline the top of car by removing car top carriers, bike racks. that will help you save.

  • Use your cruise control: This helps maintain optimum fuel efficiency with a constant speed.

  • Skip the drive thru: Just park and walk-in. Walk-in saves gas and gives you some exercise.

These are just a few things that everyone can try, and every little bit helps.

By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Good tip! Another one to add is not to put the pedal to the metal when taking off after a stop. Who cares if it takes a couple of more seconds to get to the speed zone speed. ;-)

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Although I can't convince hubby to skip the drive through, I can at least get him to turn off the engine when we have more than a 60-second wait. It uses less fuel to restart than to idle the engine. It helps the environment just a tiny bit, too.

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And here's another one related to Deeli's: when you notice a red light ahead, ease up on the gas or take your foot off the pedal altogether. Your forward momentum won't slow down for several yards unless you're on an uphill grade. That's a tiny bit more gas saved and a tiny bit less smog to breathe, too.

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

I also agree with Deeli but its hard to get the hubby to not put the pedal to the metal. lol

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