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February 25, 2003

Albany -- With the price of gasoline soaring, you may be looking for ways to make your car run further on every gallon. Buying gas is painful these days. But a well running car will burn gas more efficiently. The best way to improve your gas mileage, get your car tuned up.

Gillionville Auto Repair Owner Wes Taliaferro said, "The better the car runs, the cleaner it runs, the better gas mileage you are going to get." Check your car's oil. Low oil makes your engine work harder. Changing your filters is another easy way to improve mileage.

"An easy way to check that is to hold it up to a light, and if you can see through the air filter, generally it is clean. And you can see all the dirt in it," Taliaferro said.

Tires play a big part in gas usage. Make sure they are properly inflated and aligned. The easier they roll, the better your mileage.

Your driving habits can save you gas. Slow down and drive the speed limit. Drive gently, jack rabbit starts and stops guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns and try to move at a steady pace. Your car does not need to warm up more than 30 to 45 seconds.

Air conditioners use extra gas, but driving with your windows rolled down over 35 miles per hour causes wind drag, and can burn more gas than using the air conditioner.

Don't drive with your left foot on the brake, even the slightest pressure causes drag. Dirt or gravel roads can rob you of up to 30 percent of your gas mileage. Driving in reverse uses more gas than forward.

Buy your gas in the cool of the day. Gas is measured in volume, not by weight. So fill up in cool weather, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it is it's most dense. You'll get more for your money.

Lighten your load. Don't carry unneeded items in your trunk. And keep the under side of your car clean too.

Dirt and mud buildup on the undercarriage can weigh hundreds of pounds. Consolidate your daily trips and errands, to make maximum use of your miles.

Experts say those gas mileage increasing products aren't worth the cost. From fuel additives to magnets on gas lines, most gas gimmicks cost more than they save.

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