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Drivers Squeeze More Miles Out of a Gallon

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 11 Mar 2011 03:05pm | comments

The rising cost of gasoline is taking a toll on Mississippi drivers. But as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports there are some things you can do to squeeze out some extra miles to the gallon.

As the cost of gasoline continues to rise Chandra Powell jokingly says she's rethinking her preferred mode of transportation.

"lol, I need to ride a bike or a horse."
The Jackson native says the high cost of gas has her rethinking nearly every move she makes.

"You almost have to map out your whole day as to how you're gonna go here, here and here all in one lil spot so you can keep from burning up too much gas."

Ann Crosby of Monticello agrees. She says the high prices have also forced she and her husband to cut their trips to a minimum.

"We don't go to the grocery store as often and he has to come up here when he goes to the doctor. But otherwise we stay home because it's effecting our money. Then when it starts to affect you then you want to see something done."
Crosby says she understands how events in the middle east can impact the cost of gasoline around the world. But she says now is the time for this country to make changes.

"Start drilling, start doing whatever it takes forget oversees and do it here because I don't think we should be depending on other nations. We are America and we should be able to take care of our own."

While the average American can’t stop prices from rising at the pumps , C.K. Bolch, manager of Valvoline Oil Change Center in Jackson says you can squeeze more miles out of the gallon. He suggest things like getting a tune up, unpacking excess cargo and slowing down.

"You know run the speed limit like your suppose to, 60 miles per hour. In city driving of course always is gonna eat more gas, highway diving’s much better. Always remember you know, if you're actually gonna stop someplace or something don't leave it idling it uses up more gas."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every 5 five miles per hour over 60 is like adding an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas. Lawayne Childrey MPB News. 




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