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Throughout the year, demand for fuel fluctuates, along with its pricing. Fall and early winter months bring seasonal and holiday demands. To save on fuel and reduce your driving costs, check out these easy-to-follow tips that can benefit the environment as well as your budget!

Drive Gently. Sudden acceleration can
dramatically affect fuel efficiency. Always
accelerate gradually until you reach the desired speed, then try to maintain that speed for as long as possible. Anticipate stops to avoid sudden braking. Also, don’t pump the accelerator or race the engine.

Don’t Be an Idler. Excessive engine idling wastes more fuel than stopping and restarting your vehicle. If you need to wait for even two minutes, turn off the engine. Crowded drive-up window? Park and walk in.

Shift Smart. Always select the proper gear position for the speed and road conditions. Generally, the higher the gear, the better the fuel economy.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated and Aligned. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, having tires inflated to their maximum recommended pressure can improve gas mileage by as much as 6 percent, while periodic wheel alignments can help improve fuel economy up to 10 percent.

Combine Errands. Cut driving time, keep your vehicle’s mileage down and save fuel by consolidating trips and errands.

Open a Window. When driving at city speeds, turn off the air conditioner and use windows and air vents to stay cool whenever possible.

Join a Carpool. Carpooling to work saves fuel and related car costs and can make drive time a little more interesting.

Walk or Bike. For shorter trips, these alternative transportation options not only save on gas, they can provide an excellent cardiovascular workout. Of course, check with your health care provider first!

Lighten the Load. Extra weight or drag burns extra fuel, so eliminate unnecessary accessories whenever possible. Ski or bike racks, for instance, should be removed off-season or when not in use. Also, clear your vehicle of unnecessary cargo.

Get Regular Service. Follow the maintenance schedules recommended in your Warranty and Maintenance Booklet to keep your vehicle running at peak efficiency. A dirty air filter, for instance, can reduce mileage as much as 10 percent!