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Drive Green

Spring and Summer always make me yearn for long road trips with my car windows down. With gas prices on the rise, it's important we know how to be green and conserve gasoline while traveling for long distances or for an everyday commute. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when on the road:

• Get the junk out of the trunk. When you carry extra weight, your vehicle must work harder.

• Don’t go too low. Check tire pressure once a month and keep tires properly inflated.

• Slow down and save. Every five miles over 60 mph can cost you up to an additional 30 cents a gallon.

• Don’t be a jackrabbit. Abrupt starts and hard stops can increase fuel consumption by 40%.

• Idling is not ideal. Turn off the engine if you’re waiting for more than a couple of minutes.

• Be smart when you cool. At speeds less than 40 mph, roll down windows; more than 40 mph, use AC.

• Use the cruise control for more than 10,000 miles a year and save yourself 60 gallons of fuel.

• Let your car breathe. Clogged air filters can cut mileage by 10%.

• Don’t drip and drive. Tightening your fuel cap can prevent leakage of up to 30 gallons of gas a year.

Photo via Pinterest (Original source anyone?) Tips from the NC Driver Handbook