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How to save money on gas

10:10 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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(CNN) -- Gas prices are on the rise. AAA reports the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is up a penny from the previous week, to $3.53.

It marks the 19th straight weekly increase. During that stretch, the average price jumped 24 cents.

So what can you do to get the most out of your pricey tank of gas?

CNN's Carl Azuz has five tips.

You don't need a hybrid to save money on gas! But you do need to slow down.

So tip one is: Don't do 80. Besides the fact that it's illegal in most places...your engine has to burn more fuel to handle high speeds.

So slow saves dough!

Tip two: Get pumped. A lot of cars out there are driving on deflated tires, which increases friction and decreases fuel efficiency.

So, keep your car's shoes where they say they should the recommended pounds per square inch or PSI.

Also, make sure your wheels are aligned properly. That'll save you both on tires and gas, keeping your engine from working so hard.

Three: Lighten up. You're getting worse gas mileage with all that junk in your trunk.

I mean that literally, golf clubs, horseshoes, gardening equipment, dog food. All that stuff weighs, and slows, your car down.

So when you're not helping someone move, make sure the spare tire's one of the heaviest things you have in the back.

Four: Smooth it out. Accelerating and braking unnecessarily is a downer on your gas tank!

Keep a steady speed as much as possible. Use cruise control when it makes sense.

Got brakes? Use 'em only to slow down. Resting your foot on the pedal can ruin everything.

Five: Shut it off. Don't be idle about idling. Your car's burning gas whenever it's running, so if you're sitting for more than 30 seconds, power down. That can keep your costs down and your wallet and your gas tank, filled up.


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