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By Len Kiese - bio | email

July 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Gas prices hit another record Monday.  

According to Triple-A, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded was nearly $4.11 gallon Monday. That's $1.14 more than we paid one year ago or an increase of 38.5-percent.

The average price in Georgia also hit a record Monday of nearly $4.04

One way to save a little money on gas is to reduce how often you have to fill up by maximizing your fuel efficiency. Mechanics say the best advice is to slow down. Speeding can eat up your gas quickly.

You should also change your oil and filters regularly. It also pays off in the long run to make sure your vehicle has maintenance work done as scheduled. And Expressway Tire & Service Center Owner Ernest Odom says good tires can also play a part in good gas mileage.

"You ride around bald on them and you get bad performance, rough riding. And it's unsafe. You ride over something and you can blow out and cost you a lot more than a set of new tires," said Odom.

Odom says you should also keep the air pressure in your tires at the right level. The kind of fuel you use can also make a difference.

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