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Light foot, light fuel bill

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

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.
  • Don Davis
    Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.