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4/18/2012 - Save gas and the environment at the same time


Avoiding heavy traffic times can save tremendous amounts of fuel.

With gas prices soaring, many motorists are changing some of their driving habits to save fuel by buying gas-sipping vehicles and consolidating their trips. With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22, these fuel-saving tips also help preserve the environment and help you "Mobilize the Earth".

One way motorists save fuel is by planning routes in advance. Not mapping out destinations increases the chances of getting lost, thus burning more fuel and putting out more carbon emissions in an effort to find one's way.

Planning trips should also include avoiding rush hour, as stop-and-go traffic means that the brakes and accelerator are constantly being applied, resulting in greater fuel consumption and pollution.

Even though it is the law, adhering to the speed limit is another way motorists can save gas and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time. Driving as little as 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit can dramatically reduce a vehicle's fuel economy while increasing tailpipe emissions.

Adopting these mileage-enhancing recommendations behind the wheel can help motorists avoid the gas station and keep Mother Nature as pollution-free as possible.

Visit www.earthday.org to learn more about how you can "Mobilize the Earth".

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