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On the Road Again…

May 27, 2013; 10:38 AM ET

Photo by Flickr user -Patxi Izkue-

The weather is warming up, school is winding down…it’s road trip season! According to the Alliance to Save Energy, the average U.S. household will spend about 3,300 dollars on transportation this year. Whether your trip is five miles long or 500, proper vehicle maintenance and smart driving tips can save gas and money. Plus, a well-maintained vehicle emits fewer pollutants that contribute to ground-level ozone pollution on hot summer days.

Viewer Tip: Try these tips from The Alliance to hit the road efficiently this summer.

Keep tires properly inflated. The right tire pressure can improve mileage by over three percent, saving about 61 dollars per year for the average driver. Check the owner’s manual for your vehicle to find the right pressure settings.

Tune up. Repairing a vehicle that is out of tune or fails an emissions test can improve gas mileage by up to four percent, saving about 82 dollars per year. Repairing a serious problem, like a broken oxygen sensor, can save up to 40 percent – more than 1300 dollars!

Leave the extra luggage behind. An extra 100 pounds can drop gas mileage by about two percent, to the tune of 40 dollars per year.

Be a smart driver. Keep a steady pace, avoid speeding and avoid idling. Each five mile per hour increase over 60 is like spending up to 30 cents extra on each gallon of gas; idling gets zero miles per gallon.

Make a plan. Combine errands around town and try to hit the road at off-peak times to avoid stop-and-go traffic. You’ll save gas, money, time…and you may reduce stress, too!

Get more smart driving tips from the Alliance to Save Energy.

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