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Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove keeps her hands on the wheel Tuesday while driving instructor Todd Cook uses his hands to illustrate driving techniques. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Light foot, light fuel bill

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Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Some tips from ProFormance and others about how to get better gasoline mileage:

  • Aim for a constant speed, drive with traffic flow and use cruise control when possible; avoid stops when possible.
  • Keep acceleration and deceleration smooth and whenever possible keep revolutions per minute under 2,000.
  • Avoid idling, but experts differ from 30 seconds to 90 seconds about how long a car should idle before being turned off.
  • Make sure tire pressure is at recommended levels, which can save up to 4 percent of fuel use.
  • Keep engine in good repair and tuned up.
  • Travel light and avoid placing items on roof luggage rack.
  • Minimize heater and air conditioner use for fuel savings of up to 15 percent.
  • Close windows at speeds faster than 50 miles per hour.
  • Plan ahead to avoid congested routes.
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