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Ten Easy Ways to Conserve Fuel

Chances are your auto racing days are over, and speeding off a light will not earn you any points with your friends in the minivan club. It's also a fuel waster!

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1) Carpool, Carpool, Carpool - enough said. 

2) De-clutter: remove those items you have been lugging around for months. In many cases, they are the equivalent to carrying one or two additional passengers. 

3) Be conservative in observing traffic lights. Chances are your auto racing days are over, and speeding off a light will not earn you any points with your friends in the minivan club. 

4) Check tire pressure. If you must wait in line for fuel, you might as well pull up to the free air pump and maximize your mpg. 

5) Use Cruise Control. Consistent speed helps considerably with fuel economy. You also won't find yourself slowing down while going up hill or speeding down a steep grade. 

6) Stop idling. Rather than idle for any length of time, shut down your car. Engines with fuel or direct injection do not consume a great deal of fuel when restarting. 

7) Check your air filter. if you have a screwdriver (and maybe your reading glasses), you can replace an air filter. An engine gasping for air is far less efficient. 

8) Don't speed. The "10 over" club is overrated, maintain the speed limit and watch your efficiency climb. 

9) Hoof it. That's right, think of the expense of that nice gym and how easy it is just to pick up needed exercise by walking. 

10) Avoid harsh turns. This causes tire wear and slows efficiency. It also avoids spilling that coffee in your console. 

Good Luck with your new focus on fuel economy!  If you have any additional questions about fuel efficient vehicles, please contact Chris Mendicina at (914) 631-0815 

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