Driving habits can have a big effect on gas mileage and car repair bills. Let the car idle for about one minute after starting it, especially in cold weather. If traffic permits, practice taking your foot off the gas pedal well before a stop light and allow the car to coast a short distance before using the brake. That saves wear and tear on the car.
Speeding and aggressive driving on the highway can waste 33 percent of the fuel you buy, and driving that way in town is not only dangerous but also wastes 5 percent of the fuel used, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
If you lack the time or money to keep your car serviced as the manufacturer recommends, at least learn to check the oil and tires. People aren’t born knowing these things, so if you need to, ask a neighbor or a salesperson at an auto supply store to show you how.

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