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How to Be Fuel Wise

May 20, 2011

The consumer ratings service Angie's List ( ) surveyed auto service pros around the country for tips that could increase your mileage 5 percent or more.

Know your oil: Check to see if your car has a specific oil type, and make sure you use that type.

Kick the tires: Monitor the air pressure in your tires. Properly inflated tires increase your gas mileage up to 3 percent.

Don't run low: When you run your car on low fuel, the fuel pump can pick up sediment in the gasoline, which can damage it and result in low fuel efficiency. Also, the engine might not receive a steady supply of gas (since it will splash around while you're driving). Not having a steady supply of gas will make your engine less efficient.

Slow down: Rapid acceleration/deceleration decreases your gas mileage and is bad for your transmission, too.

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