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According to AAA, there are things we can do to squeeze more miles out of every tank of gas. The first thing to do is find out how many miles you usually get. The next time you fill up, set your trip odometer to zero and then start keeping a log. Tracking your daily mileage will help you figure out ways to improve your fuel economy.

For example, regularly checking your tire pressure can save gas. This is very similar to peddling a bicycle with under-inflated tires, you expend a lot of energy trying to go fast or maneuver. Under-inflated car tires means your motor's working harder, drinking more gasoline and spending your money faster. So checking your tire pressure on a regular basis really does make a difference.

The second gas saving tip is to get the junk out of your trunk. The more you cart around, the heavier your car is and the more fuel it uses up, about 2 percent more per extra 100 pounds.

There are also some behind-the-wheel things you can do to reduce fuel consumption. Illegal actions like texting or talking on a cell phone while driving, besides being unsafe, can actually waste gas. 

When you drive without distractions, you can better anticipate traffic conditions and slow down or accelerate gradually instead of slamming on your brakes or gas pedal, which uses more fuel. Pay attention and go easy and you'll see some savings.

The last tip that Steve gives is to set your car's air conditioner to "re circulation." This setting reduces the amount of hot outside air that must be chilled and lessens the load on you're a/c, which in turn saves gas. 

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