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Extension’s energy tip: Don’t let high fuel costs drive you nuts

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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 percent. Properly inflated and aligned tires will improve gas mileage by 3 percent. Using the wrong grade of oil can reduce mileage by 1 to 2 percent. For longer-term savings, consider a high-mileage vehicle for your next purchase. Learn more on buying a fuel-efficient car or truck. Check out Driving and Car Maintenance for more tips.

This tip is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Energy and ISU Extension.

This article appeared in June 2008 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter