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10 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Driving

  1. Don't drive over the speed limit, and maintain a smooth, steady pace whenever possible.
  2. Don't idle--turn your car off to save gas.
  3. Combine short trips into a longer trip when possible--a warm engine uses less gas than a cold one does.
  4. Shop around for car insurance and re-evaluate every year or two to ensure you're getting the best rate.
  5. Buy regular gasoline unless your car manual state otherwise.
  6. Keep your car properly tuned--check your manual for a maintenance schedule and stick to it.
  7. Check tire pressure once a month to keep tires properly inflated.
  8. Use your air conditioner at highway speeds. Rolling down the windows causes drag and uses more mileage than the A/C.
  9. Carpool when possible, and avoid peak rush hour times.
  10. Check--and replace--air filters on a regular basis.

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