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Travel Tip: Saving on City Driving

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Across the country gas prices are going up and driving in the city is bound to hit your wallet this summer.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, city driving burns 33 percent more fuel than highway driving.

But you can maximize your gas tank while traveling off highways.

Remember to keep a slow and steady pace while in traffic. When your car has to stop and start constantly it loses momentum and requires more fuel to move.

And this is a no-brainer, but keeping your car well maintained will also increase fuel efficiency.

A clean car will get close to 2 miles more per gallon than a dirty car, thanks to increased aerodynamics.

You’ll also want to check your tire pressure. Correct tire pressure could result efficiency by up to 5 miles per gallon.

Finally, instead of hitting the road alone, try carpooling. There are now car-sharing sites like CarpoolWorld.com and Ridester.com.

These sites don’t do background checks, but there are steps you can take to protect your safety and privacy before  arranging a shared car ride, and everybody wins in the gas-saving game.

For more information, visit the Eco Travel and Driving archives.

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