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Maintenance is the Key to Stay Emission Free
By performing maintenance at regular intervals, vehicles will be more reliable, get better fuel mileage and emit lower emissions. Here are a few maintenance and driving tips provided by the Car Care Council:
PERFORM REGULAR TUNE-UPS.
Regular vehicle maintenance improves gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent.
KEEP TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED.
Improve gas mileage 3.3 percent by keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure.
REPLACE AIR FILTERS REGULARLY.
Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
REPLACE SPARK PLUGS REGULARLY.
A dirty spark plug causes misfiring which wastes fuel, up to two miles per gallon.
REPLACE OIL REGULARLY.
Dirty or substandard oil can reduce fuel economy by one mile per gallon.
CHECK YOUR VEHICLE GAS CAP.
About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT AND USE CRUISE CONTROL WHILE ON THE HIGHWAY.
Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 miles per hour.
AVOID EXCESSIVE IDLING.
Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one or two minutes is sufficient.
AVOID QUICK STARTS AND STOPS.
Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
DON'T HAUL UNNEEDED ITEMS.
An extra 100 lbs in the trunk reduces fuel economy by 1-2 percent. Unused roof rack and accessories add weight and drag.
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