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While gas prices are on their way down, there's not a whole lot of relief yet—at least not in time for the busy Memorial Day holiday travel weekend.

According to a study from the AAA, gas prices will impact about four out of ten holiday travelers. But it doesn't have to pinch your wallet as much as you think; the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has arranged a list of fuel-saving strategies.

"With the Memorial Day kick-off of the summer driving season, there's no reason consumer should pay for gas they don't need," said Jack Gillis, the author of The Car Book and Director of Public Affairs for the CFA.

The organization estimates that Americans could improve their gas mileage by about 13 percent just by following this tips wherever relevant. Some of them are common-sense measures, while others (like keeping your speed down, and vehicle aligned and in tune) improve your safety as well.

For instance, the organization says that just removing 100 pounds of accessories or items carried around in your vehicle, you gain up to two percent in fuel efficiency, and that's as if gas were to cost six cents less; and simply driving smoother can save about 68 cents a gallon.

Here are the CFA's ten ways to save on gas, based on a pump price of $3.85 per gallon:

Tips for better gas mileage - based on $3.85/gallon - from CFA

Tips for better gas mileage - based on $3.85/gallon - from CFA

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[Consumer Federation of America]

 
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  1. Who ever wrote this article ought to read two excellent articles that I have read in the past. One was from Consumer Reports and the other was by a government lab that basically debunked the dirty air filter/bad mileage myth. Present vehicles use the engine computer to keep the air/fuel ratio constant. As I recall, both articles proved that until an air filter is virtually plugged, the mileage varied VERY little. Several current and older models were tested. Only the power was affected, but no drastic mileage difference was detected. Obviously you should check the condition of the filter, but changing it prematurely benefits no one but those who produce the filters or those oil change shops that talk you into a new one.
     
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  2. James is absolutely correct. A dirty air filter does nothing but reduce power, and even then, the reduction only occurs at WIDE-OPEN-THROTTLE. Who drives foot on the floor when gas is $4 per gallon? Bottom line, air filter makes absolutely no difference unless or until it is so profoundly clogged that the engine is unable to run normally.
     
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  3. High gas prices are the largest tax increase on the poor and middle class in existence today. It is a direct result of some sick plan to eliminate SUV's and get us all driving little crap-cans. If this nation had a solid energy policy that promoted a balanced approach to providing energy, one that outlines clear and concise short and long term goals, we'd be better off. However, sticking it to fossil fuel companies because you're controlled by the environmentalists will continue to make the middle class and poor even poorer.
     
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