Thirteen auto tips for saving gas and lowering car repair costs

car fuel gauge, orange arm on a black background with white E and F, indicating an almost empty tank

(photo compliments of black-and-right.com)

Everyone knows the cost of gas. Everyone complains about the cost of gas. Chances are, if you are drawing a blank on small-talk topics, gas prices will be popular.

So how do you take care of your car and drive to maximize your miles-per-gallon (mpg)?

  1. Get the lead out–of your trunk. Your car’s trunk is a handy place to store all sorts of things–car stuff, sports stuff, that return-bound bag of cement you never used for that fencepost project. Whatever it is, it adds up, and every one hundred pounds removed can improve fuel economy by 2 percent, according to a Federal Trade Commission report.
  2. Walk! Park your car and get some exercise. The best way to stretch your gas money is to leave your car parked and walk instead. It is rumored that short trips of 1 mile or less are the number-one reason for most American car trips. And, according to the Web site www.walkscore.com, a study in Washington State found that the average resident of a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood weighs seven pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood. | So next time you think about climbing in your car to drive somewhere nearby, stop and think–can I walk there? Can I ride my bike? The life (and the money) you save may be your own. Continue reading
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Health, parenting, and social responsibility: Read “10 Bad Eating Habits Parents Often Teach their Kids” by Suzanne Cullen

(photo courtesy of AuPair.org)

I found a must-read article about the bad eating habits that parents pass on to their children. It addresses the responsibility of adults to be good influences on children, issues of health, and good daily habits.

Suzanne Cullen’s blog at AuPair.org features helpful articles about parenting and being responsible when influencing children.

After all, children are our most powerful legacy. We want to raise a wonderful generation of children who will be conservation-conscious, healthy, intelligent, responsible, and beneficial human beings. Right?

I highly recommend the blog at AuPair.org.

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