Today's high gas prices could be a signal to relearn the gas-pinching ways of the oil-crisis '70s. According to a recent issue of Kiplinger's, prices may decline somewhat by the end of the summer, but you can cut your driving costs now by following these tips from the past:
  • Buy the octane rating. Your vehicle needs no more, no less. Only about 5% of cars on the road need high-octane gasoline, yet 18% of the gas sold is premium. Premium gasoline won't make your automobile run any better.

  • Don't warm up your car. It wastes time and fuel.

  • Temper your driving. Erratic maneuvers waste gas, as do jack-rabbit starts.

  • Watch your speed. You get 21% better mileage driving at 55 miles per hour than you do at 65 to 70.

  • Check tire pressure. Underinflated tires can cut fuel efficiency.

Adapted with permission from the June issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Copyright © 2000 The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.

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