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Friday, June 27, 2008

Gas Prices - Should I worry?

Gas prices are moving upward and prices of goods along with it. Should we be worried and panic. No, not really! There are some simple things you can do to help lower your costs for fuel but ultimately the price of just about everything is destine to go up no matter what you do. What one needs to do depends on the ability to pay but this simple tips will help you save money at the pump aside from the obvious.... don't drive as much as you used to.
  1. If you drive a 1996 or newer vehicle, use the lowest octane fuel. These vehicles have an on-board computer with sensors that will allow the use of low octane fuel without causing damage to the engine.
  2. Make sure to replace the engine air filter and fuel filter to help optimize fuel efficiency.
  3. If the "Check Engine Light" is illuminated, Get the repairs done to make it go out. It may seem to run fine, but at a cost of loosing miles per gallon it may be costing you as much as $10.00 a day depending on how far you drive.
  4. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated - Underinflated tires require more energy to roll, which translates into more frequent fill-ups. You can improve your fuel economy by about 3.3 percent if you keep your tires inflated properly, according to the DOE.
  5. Drive Sensibly - Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.

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