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Drive Smart, Save Gas

The average price for regular gasoline in the United States is about $2.85 a gallon, so it’s no wonder people are trying to get the most out of each tank. The Department of Energy says consumers can do plenty to save on gas.

Start with the way you drive. While each car has its own speed for optimal fuel economy, most use more gas above 60 mph. Speeding and rapid acceleration can burn up to 33 percent more gas on the highway.

Keeping your car tuned up can save you about 4 percent in gas usage, and keeping your tires at the proper pressure can save around 3.3 percent. Even using the recommended grade of motor oil can mean a 2 percent saving.

For more on saving gas, visit www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/drive.shtml.

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