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How to improve gas mileage and save money

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

(KMOV)-- Gas prices are so high that everyone is talking about ways to save money. There are a lot of tips floating around that are supposed to improved your gas mileage and therefore save you money, but we wanted to know if they really work.

So I took a 22 mile trip in one of our News 4 Ford Explorers and put those tips to the test. First, we followed the tips we found on the federal governments fuel efficiency website: no quick starts, observe the speed limit, properly inflate tires, remove excessive weight, use cruise control and use overdrive. By following these tips we were able to get 21.9 miles per gallon. Then we made the return drive with tires that had 10 pounds less air pressure and we broke all the other rules. Our gas mileage on this drive was only 15.3 miles per gallon.

We were amazed by the results. An improvement of 6.6 mpg. If you drive 15,000 miles a year and at today's price of gas, you could save $1100 by following these fuel efficiency tips.

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