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University of Phoenix gives 10 tips to save money at the pump

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Courtesy of the University of Phoenix

Conserving gas, now more than ever, is crucial with prices rising to new highs daily. Here are a few helpful tips from Scott Cain, economist and University of Phoenix business instructor:

1. Use cruise control on highway trips. Cruise control will help eliminate rapid accelerations and hard braking.
2. Back to Basics. Make sure to keep your tires properly inflated and stay on top of regular vehicle maintenance. Particularly, special attention should be given to maintaining air filters because diminished airflow increases gas waste.

3. Avoid “jackrabbit starts.” When accelerating, start slowly from a dead stop, pushing foot lightly onto the gas pedal. Easing into speed allows your carburetor to function at peak efficiency.

4. Slow down. The faster a vehicle travels the more gas it burns.

5. Keep windows closed when traveling at high speeds. Open windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10 percent.

6. Think thin. Packing light for your next trip can help reduce fuel consumption. Excess weight slows the car down, especially on inclines.

7. Travel at the coolest times of the day. Air conditioners reduce fuel economy by 10-20 percent. By eliminating as much A/C use as possible, it will result in higher amounts of gas saved.

8. Avoid rough roads. Dirt and gravel rob you of up to 30 percent of your gas mileage.
9. Drive at steady speed. Slowing down quickly and speeding up quickly wastes fuel and raises tension levels for other drivers and passengers around you.

10. Carpool. Saving money on gas is as easy as planning for your trip so that as many people can travel per car as possible. You can enjoy the company of friends while sharing the cost of fuel.

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University of Phoenix gives 10 tips to save money at the pump