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4/25/06-Tyler

Tips For Saving Money At The Pump

  Gasoline prices show no signs of dropping, forcing East Texans to adjust. A year ago the prices were tipping a little more than $2.00 a gallon, according to AAA. However in Tyler, the price for a regular gallon of gas is uncomfortably close to $3.00.

  Most people say they are going to try to make the most out of that expensive tank. In the last month, the prices at area gas station have jumped at least 20 cents a gallon. So, East Texans are turning to other ways to get the most for their money. For example keeping their cars in tune.

  "Keeping it tuned up and keeping it well maintained it goes a long way," says Ken Davis, Automotive Technician at Bud Jones Garage.

  He says keeping your air and oil filters clean can save you money when filling up. "If your air filter is stopped up is restricted your engine cannot operate correct, efficiently it tends to use more gas," says Ken Davis.

  James Dobson of Longview drives to Tyler several times a week.

"I went from an SUV to this (car) so that is one of the things that I have done. I'm making sure that the oil is changed now every 3,000 miles," says James Dobson.

He travels with his job and says he's taking on more projects close to home.

"Now I have started taking my wife to work in the morning, instead of having two cars. I have seen the saving when we just switched to one car. But the things I have done to save gas, I haven't put the numbers to it yet," says James Dobson.

Other things he is doing right to help save gas: driving at a consistence speed and using the cruise control.

"Make your trips count too, don't do too many short trips try to combined the trips into one longer trip," says Ken Davis.

Another tip, check your tires. If the tire pressure is too low, it will cause the motor to work harder and use more fuel.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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