Driving economically

With the price of gas going up every week the Consumer Federation of America has sent out tips to help you drive more economically.

Check your air filter because a clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent and nearly one in four cars needs an air filter replacement.

Poor alignment not only causes tires to wear out more quickly but forces your engine to work harder which can reduce gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

A properly tuned engine can improve mileage by four percent.

Inflate those tires. More than one-quarter of vehicles have improperly inflated tires. The average under inflation of 7.5 pounds causes a loss in fuel efficiency. Properly inflating problem ties is like knocking eight cents off a gallon of gas.

Checking your gas cap is important. It is estimated that nearly 17 percent of cars have broken or missing cas caps which reduces gas mileage as well as possibly harming the environment.

Lose weight. For every 100 extra pounds carried around, your vehicle loses one-two percent in fuel efficiency. Don't speed. For every five miles per hour you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by seven percent.

Drive Smoother. The smoother you accelerate and decelerate the better your gas mileage.

Keep your foot off the brake. Riding with your foot on the brake not only wears out brakes but can also reduce gas consumption by as much as 35 percent.

Don't idle. If stopped off the road for more than 30 seconds turn off the engine and don't "warm up" your car before driving.