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Spend Less on Gas & Other Car Costs, #3 of 5 Ways

Find the cheapest gas near you plus change how you use and care for your car. Try these easy-to-use sites: GasBuddy, MSN Auto and Mapquest Gas Prices.   On a cell phone? Try GetMobio. In true Me2We fashion, some of these sites ask for your input.

We can also alter our driving habits to reduce costs. Buy regular unleaded fuel mid-week at independent gas stations away from expensive neighborhoods or highway exits. Conserve gas by avoiding idling, clearing out your car and trunk, using cruise control and keeping tires full and balanced annually. (Steel-belted radial tires can increase gas mileage up to 10% per year.) A poorly tuned car uses between 25% and 33% more gasoline each year so change the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles. Keep the air filter changed, engine tuned and the windows closed. Check fluid levels regularly including coolant, battery, automatic transmission, brake and clutch. Drive your fuel-efficient car for 5 – 7 years.

Of course we can all use our cars less by combining errands, carpooling, sharing cars and walking or biking to some places– perhaps in the company of friends.

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