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How to buy some time before heading to the pump

Lawton_There's not much anyone can do about fuel prices, so it's up to the consumer to squeeze as much of that tank of gas as possible.

The best, and most obvious way to make sure you're getting the most miles per gallon out of your car is to take good care of it. Don't wait until your engine warning light comes on to get your oil or filters change, and if you do - don't delay, get your car serviced right away. It's not only important to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, it's also important to choose the oil that's right for your car - not all cars use 10W-30. You can determine what kind of oil your car requires by taking a look at the cap of the oil tank. If that isn't an indicator, check your owner's manual. And, check the oilcan's label for the energy-saving "starburst" logo.

You should also check your tires to the manufacturer's specifications, it's one of the top factors in saving fuel. If tires are low, there is more "rolling resistance", more rubber - and more friction - on the ground. Low tires can cause other problems as well. "It can certainly affect handling, and as they found out on some cars, it could actually cause the tires to blow out if they're too low," says a local expert. "It builds heat in the side walls and cause the tires to disintegrate."

Every car has a recommended tire pressure, and most vehicles have stickers inside the door listing tire pressure requirements. Not only is checking the pressure of your tires the most important thing, it's also the easiest. A low-cost gauge can be purchased at any auto parts or hardware store. If the pressure is too high in your tires, use the gauge to determine how much air you should let out. If it's too low, most gas stations have air pumps for customers to pump up the volume.

Air filters can also hog gas. If it's dirty, it should be replaced. Since the engine requires a certain amount of air to add to fuel for the correct amount of combustion. A dirty air filter may prevent the engine from getting a proper mixture of fuel and air. When you're wasting fuel in the engine, it's not good for the engine or your wallet.

You can also empty your trunk. If there's a lot of stuff in the back, it can take more fuel to accelerate - especially in pickup trucks and vans.

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