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Ask Patty's Amy Mattinat Appears on Talk of the Nation

Published May 24th 2007, 8:00pm by Jody DeVere in Pressroom Articles


The Road to Better Gas Mileage


Audio for this story will be available at approx. 6:00 p.m. ET
Hand pumping gas into car.

Talk of the Nation, May 24, 2007 · As gas prices soared to an all-time high this week, drivers are trying just about anything to improve their mileage. The automotive world is abuzz with special tricks and tips on how to waste less gas. Guests discuss the strategies that hold up when gas-saving tips are put to the test.

Amy Mattinat, Automotive expert for; author, How to Buy a Great Used Car

Philip Reed, consumer advice editor for

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NPR - Blog of the Nation


May 24, 2007

Gas (Prices) Attack (Heh, Heh)

I am pretty excited for today's show. I've been driving my car around on fumes, waiting to put gas in it because a) every time I drive by a gas station the prices make me want to plotz, and b) I am positive that I can make the tiny bit of gas left in the car last if I just coast a littlesnake oil out there (that fuel pill doesn't work, FYI), and tell you what really works. And, in a remarkable coinicidence, we've got another AskAmy (different Amy) who'll give you the lowdown, as well as a guy that's tried every product out there. So go ahead and tell us what you've tried in the fight against three dollar fuel. more. The record prices -- topping three dollars a gallon for regular -- have everybody wondering what works when it comes to conserving what's in your tank. So, here's what we're going to do. We're going to sort through all the

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