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Making Your Gas Tank Work For You

April 6, 2004 -- Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- The summer driving season is approaching and gas prices are still rising. There may not be much we can do about the price, but there are some things we can do to get the most out of every gallon. According to a national survey the average gas prices rose 6.4 cents this past weekend. Who knows what next weekend will bring? Now is a good time to consider a few gas saving tips.

Tip number one. Check your tires. When you have low air pressure it causes drag. Your car will have to use more gas to push the vehicle. If you're going to be on an open highway for a while let the car push its self.

"Using your cruise control will help you save gas because you're not fluctuating the gas pedal as much," says Bobby Goodson with Joe's Tire and Auto Service.

The weather has been really nice lately. So let the wind blow through your hair, roll windows down and turn off the air conditioner.

"It'll save you a lot because it pulls your engine down. Turning off the air conditioner could save you 10 to 15 percent on your gas bill. However there's a catch. If you roll them down too much, it creates a drag. The key is to crack the window.

If your ride needs a tune up it's burning more gas and you're money is flying out of the exhaust. Clean filters, wires and plugs will help you go further. It's not the cheapest solution but with gas as high as it is, it will pay for itself.

The last tips pays for its self time and time again.

"Use common sense, don't make jack rabbit starts at stop lights," says Goodson.

The only thing you'll get too faster is another gas station.

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