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Gas Prices May Be Easing, But Keep Your Fuel Efficiency On The Rise

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With gas prices topping $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, it’s no secret that many Americans are looking for ways to increase their fuel efficiency. While there are all sorts of tricks and tips out there that purport to increase gas mileage, only a handful actually have a measurable effect.

To help separate fact from fiction, the EPA established a website that lists some of the ways that drivers can improve fuel efficiency. Fortunately, many of these can be achieved even by amateur mechanics.

For example, one easy solution is to use the correct motor oil. The owner’s manual included with your vehicle should include the recommended grade for your engine. Ignoring this advice can hurt fuel economy, so if you just picked an oil at random and poured it in in the past, give it a second look. Switching to the correct oil can help your fuel economy, and performing oil changes is simply good for your performance anyways. Check with the guys that change your oil and make sure they are using the correct kind, or even think about switching to a synthetic blend of oil, although more expensive, it can double the amount of time between oil changes.

Another positive step is an engine tune-up. The EPA estimates that this will increase fuel economy by 4 percent if the driver hasn’t taken the car in for awhile. And if you fix a problem with your engine, like a broken oxygen sensor, you could be increasing gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.  So keep your car serviced properly and regularly, it will make it last longer and save you money over the life of your car.

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