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05/21/07 - Lufkin

Gas Saving Tips

by Tashun Chism

Keith Loving has been an auto mechanic for 25 years. With gas prices rising, many people are asking him what they can do make their cars more fuel efficient.

"What you need to remember is just a steady driving speed and maintenance are the two keys to getting the best fuel mileage that your car can get," said Loving.

Loving says there are several maintenance tips you can follow to improve your vehicle's gas mileage.

Keep your engine properly tuned: Being noticeably out of tune can decrease your car's gas mileage by four percent.

Change air filters every 30,000 miles: Limited air flow consumes more fuel.

Change your oil every 3,000 miles: When oil stays in too long, especially in the summer, it breaks, creating sludge and causing engine friction.

Experts also say one of the most important things you can do is monitor the air pressure in your tires, because not only can low air pressure affect your gas mileage, but it can also be dangerous. Under-inflated tires can make your vehicle burn more fuel and can cause blowouts.

Loving knows it's harder for some people to take their vehicle to the shop with gas prices so high, but says proper maintenance is the best way to save gas.

"Every time gas goes up our business slows down. It really should increase because that's when people really ought to be working on their cars to get optimum performance. But people who have to spend more money on gas tend to let repairs go for a while," he said.

Loving knows a lot about fuel efficiency, but he knows we can't do much about gas prices.

"I guess we can just live with it or walk."

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