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(NAPSI)—Conserving gasoline saves motorists money and lessensAmerica’s dependence on foreign oil. These gas-saving tips are from the experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the group that tests and certifies automotive technicians.

  • Keep tires properly inflated and wheels in alignment.
  • Clean out clutter and unnecessary items to lessen the burden on the engine.
  • Consolidate trips and errands; try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions.
  • Go easy on sudden, hard accelerations; don’t speed; anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.
  • Keep the engine running at its peak by replacing filters and fluids as recommended in the owner’s manual and having engine performance problems such as rough idling corrected. [This is where we here at Rick Stroud Automotive can help]
  • Use windows and air-conditioning wisely. At highway speeds, it’s better to keep windows up (and air-conditioning on, if wanted) to reduce air drag. But turn off the A/C in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.

Visit www.ase.com for car care tips, advice on finding an auto technician and more.