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Get the Most Out of Your Gas


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Recent concerns about the high cost of gas have led some people to switch over to hybrid cars, which use both gas and electricity. The cost of these vehicles is high but their low emissions make them better for the environment.

Will the steady increase in gas prices encourage you to buy a hybrid vehicle for your next car purchase?

Yes. In fact, I already own a hybrid vehicle and would never go back.

Yes, the higher cost of a hybrid sedan is offset by the fact that less gas is consumed.

Maybe. I'm interested in purchasing a hybrid car, but I'm not sure if I can afford it or if I can adjust to the new technology.

No. They're way too expensive! Besides, I love my SUV.

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When you must use your car, follow these guidelines to conserve gas:
  • Service your car regularly.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated.
  • Don't let the car idle for more than 30 seconds.
  • Accelerate gradually and stick to the speed limit.
  • Use cruise control for highway driving, whenever possible.
  • Turn off the air conditioner or dehumidifier when it's no longer needed.
  • Reduce your load—empty your trunk of all unnecessary items.
  • Remove a roof rack when it's not in use.
  • When buying a new car, choose a more efficient model, or consider buying a hybrid car.
  • Don't buy fuel with a higher octane than your car's manufacturer recommends—it won't make your car run faster or better; it will just cost you more money!

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