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It's National Informed Women Month and National Car Care Month
"After a long hard winter like we've just had, several car care considerations can protect the performance and longevity of your vehicle, beginning with motor oil - your vehicle's life blood, says Jody DeVere, automotive expert and CEO of www.AskPatty.com.
Following this simple checklist of tips can also help keep your vehicle running longer, safer and more cost-effectively:
Pump high-quality gasoline
All gasoline is not the same, and no matter what grade of fuel a vehicle requires, it's important to use a high-quality gasoline. Industry research confirms that a clean engine can result in better fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and overall optimal engine performance.
Don't lose your grip
Tires are a car's only connection to the road, so make sure they are in good shape and properly inflated to improve gas mileage.
Let the car breathe free
According to the Department of Transportation, replacing a clogged air filter on cars with fuel-injected, computer-controlled gasoline engines can improve acceleration time by around six to 11 percent.
You can't avoid what you don't see
Ninety percent of all driving decisions are made based upon visual input. Inspect your wiper blades and replace them with a quality brand blade, like Rain-X, if they are cracked, torn, cut or streaking so you can see clearly.
Regular tune-ups pay off over the long term
Before taking a long trip, visit a trusted professional and make sure your car is properly tuned. Depending on the kind of repair and how well it is performed, regular vehicle maintenance can improve gas mileage by an average of four percent, according to the Department of Energy.
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