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  Eight Ways To Reduce Your Fuel Cost  
Save on Gas

The high cost of gas has left many searching for ways to squeeze a few more miles out of a gallon of gas. With the summer travel season at hand, fuel costs are expected to remain high and most of us could benefit by getting the best gas mileage possible from our vehicle. Fortunately conserving fuel is easier than you might think and by following a few simple guidelines you can get the most out of every cent.

While there's nothing we can do about the pricey fuel, we have wonderful news for you. You can do many things to conserve gas and save money without having to sacrifice in other areas.
1. Oxygen Sensors
Properly functioning oxygen sensors are good for the environment and can save hundreds of dollars in fuel costs over their life. Replacement intervals for oxygen sensors are similar to those for spark plugs, ranging from 30,000 miles to 100,000 miles, depending upon the type of sensor. Average oxygen sensor cost starting at $99.99. Potential savings: up to $1.30 a gallon or 40 percent a gallon.
2. Spark Plugs
A vehicle normally has four, six or eight spark plugs which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly. Average spark plug cost: Varies. Potential savings: up to 33 cents per gallon or 10 percent a gallon.
3. Air Filter
An air filter clogged with dirt, dust or bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture - too much gas being burned for the amount of air - which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Average air filter cost: starting at $12.99. Potential savings: up to 33 cents per gallon or 10 percent a gallon.
4. Oil & Filter
Clean oil reduces friction between moving parts in your engine, increasing fuel economy and reliability. It also removes harmful deposits, extending the life of your engine. You should check your vehicles owner's manual for the rocommended oil and filter change schedule. Average oil and filter change cost: starting at $34.99. Potential savings: up to 7 cents a gallon or 2 percent a gallon.
5. Properly Inflated Tires
When tires aren't inflated properly, it's like driving with a parking brake on. Under-Inflated tires can cut fuel economy by two percent per pound, which means if your tire pressure is 27 pounds per square inch (psi) when it should be 32 psi, you've reduced your gas mileage by 10 percent! A simple tire gauge can quickly tell you if you're wasting gas due to under-inflated tire. Average tire gauge cost starting at $4.99. Potential Savings: up to 10 cents a gallon or 3 percent a gallon.
6. Remove Excess Weight
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones. Fuel Economy Benefit: 1-2%/100 lbs. Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.04-$0.08/gallon
7. Observe the Speed Limit
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.30 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer. Fuel Economy Benefit: 7-23% Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.29-$0.94/gallon
8. Alignment Check
Not only does poor alignment cause your tires to wear out faster and result in poor handling, your engine has to work harder, which can reduce your fuel efficiency by 10 percent.
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