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August 10, 2009

Green Your Driving Habits: Lighten Up

Empty your trunk to save gas We know, we know: It’s better to take public transit, or to walk or bike, than to drive. But for those times when driving simply can’t be avoided, recall this week’s tips about ways to minimize your vehicle’s impact on the planet.

Tip #1: Shed Pounds

A free, easy way to reduce fuel use – and cost – is to make sure your car’s not carrying any extra weight. Haven’t cleared out that trunk or back seat in a while? It’s time: Carting around an extra 100 pounds can reduce MPG by 2 percent. If you’ve got a roof rack, consider removing it or storing gear in the car instead to reduce drag.

Tip #2: Drive Sanely

Tip #3: Tune It Up

Tip #4: Don't Idle

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