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  • Cool it: Aggressive driving - speeding, rapid acceleration and braking - can lower gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.
  • Obey speed limits: Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.
  • Lighten up: Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds can reduce mileage by up to 2 percent.
  • Avoid excessive idling: Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.
  • Cruise in control: Turning cruise control on helps maintain a constant speed on the highway and usually will save gas.
  • Get in overdrive: Using overdrive gearing, a car's engine speed goes down, saving gas and reducing engine wear.
  • Fix it up: Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune can improve gas mileage by 4 percent, and fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent.
  • Riding on air: Keeping tires properly inflated can improve gas mileage by more than 3 percent, and properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.
  • Slick tip: Using the recommended grade of motor oil can improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent.
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