Thursday AM June 11th, 2009

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Summer can mean putting a few extra miles on your car and paying more at the pump.ξ There are some basic things you can do to gear up for driving in the summer heat.ξ Jody DeVere is a car expert and president of the automotive advice site

"There's no such thing as full-serve gas stations anymore.ξ And so doing some basic checks like checking your fluids, checking your windshield wipers, your tire pressure, looking at your hoses and belts to make sure they're not frayed--these are all basic maintenance things that we should all know how to do, guys and girls."

DeVere says car maintenance goes hand-in-hand with fuel efficiency.

"People are not buying as many cars right now, so they need to maintain and keep their cars running longer.ξ Going over 60 miles an hour actually decreases fuel efficiency dramatically.ξ And so keeping your speed at 60 miles an hour or under on the highway.ξ Driving habits, of course, are good.ξ Using cruise control."

DeVere also recommends switching to a more fuel efficient synthetic motor oil.ξ tries to empower women to deal with car maintenance issues.ξ

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.


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