Ways to improve your gas mileage from high-country Aspen:

* Accelerate gradually.

* Avoid idling. The best way to warm up vehicles is to turn them on and drive. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than turning your vehicle off and then back on again.

* Remove unnecessary cargo.

* Check your tire pressure. Under-inflation increases tire wear, reduces your fuel economy by up to 3 percent, and leads to increased greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

Better yet, give your car or truck a break! One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to use alternative transportation: Ride a bike, walk, take the bus, or skateboard. For every gallon of gas that you save, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by about 20 pounds.

About Kristen Caven

A "liberal artist" with a generous muse, Kristen Caven writes in various voices on a variety of subjects to illuminate, enlighten, inspire, and amuse.

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