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April 15, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Observe the Speed Limit – Use Your Cruise Control

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On average, every single mile per hour increase over 50 mph reduces your fuel economy by .1 miles per gallon.

Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Did you know? Cruise control technology was originally invented in 1788 by James Watt and Mathew Boulton to help control steam engines. Thanks are due to Ralph Teetor, a blind mechanical engineer, who refined refined the technology in 1945 to invent today’s modern automotive cruise control. Thanks to Ralph, this handy feature now makes long drives easier, keeps our speed constant, and even helps us save money.

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April 13, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Keep Your Air Filter Clean - Switch to a Reusable Air Filter

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Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your fuel economy by as much as 10%

As long as you’re switching out your air filter, a reusable air filter is a good way to reduce waste, especially when you consider both the filter and packaging are discarded. While some things -- like paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues -- are better off being disposable, some consider it an investment in their car to purchase a high-quality reusable air filter.

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April 11, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Change The Way You Drive

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Changing your driving habits can improve fuel economy up to 37%.

Jackrabbit starts and aggressive driving habits are costing you big time at the pump, while belching lots of extra emissions into the atmosphere. All vehicles lose fuel economy at speeds above 55 mph. That’s one of the reasons it’s the most common speed limit. Driving 65 mph instead of 75 mph reduces fuel costs by 13%, while driving 55 would save 25%. FuelEconomy.gov estimates that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.12 per gallon for gas.

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April 08, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Avoid Excessive Idling

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An idling car gets zero miles per gallon, but still produces toxic emissions.

Everybody knows if you turn off a light bulb as you leave the room you'll save electricity. If you turn off your car you’ll save gas. In fact, idling for 15 minutes burns through an average of a quarter of a gallon. If you’re at a railroad crossing, at a long traffic light, sitting in the drive-through lane, or even waiting to pick someone up, turn off your engine. It's as simple as that.

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April 06, 2016

AskPatty’s  Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Maintain the Correct Tire Pressure

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Proper tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3%.

Getting more mileage from each gallon can save you as much as 10 cents per gallon at today's gas prices: That's a savings of $30 to $70 depending on how much you drive, and can reduce greenhouse gasses by 1.42% to 0.69%. Low tire pressure increases your car's rolling resistance and forces your engine to work harder.

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April 04, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Watch Your Weight

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Having extra weight on your car will make your engine work harder and reduces your mileage.

While it might seem easier to leave the kids' sports gear, beach chairs, or cases of water in the trunk, avoid keeping unnecessary or heavy objects in your car and find somewhere else to keep those items when they're not in use.

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February 29, 2016

Autonomous Driving: Our New Reality

Autonomous_driving-iStock_000073462283-MartialRedAutonomous vehicles are on the road and being tested -- and predictions are that we're moving rapidly towards this reality.

We contacted Ron Montoya, senior editor at Edmunds.com and Jeremy Anwyl, an independent auto industry consultant and analyst by email to get their take on the issues.

Kate McLeod: Which states will be more inclined to embrace autonomy first?

Montoya: The states that are most inclined to embrace autonomy early are likely to be the ones that have already been the most friendly and accommodating about allowing testing on their roads: California, Nevada, and Michigan.

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February 25, 2016

EV Etiquette for All Driving Motorists

Electric_vehicle_charging-iStock_000023133270_Illustration-artisticcoEven though an estimated 95 percent of owners of electric vehicles charge their EVs overnight at home, there are times when using a public charging station is necessary. But despite the growing number of charging units available at shopping malls, golf clubs, hotels and even museums, range anxiety remains a concern for owners.

Range anxiety is the reason why manufacturers are speeding up the installation of charging stations across the country. Kia has installed nearly two dozen DC fast chargers in Washington and Oregon to support its customers of the Soul EV. Nissan offers free charging for Leaf owners in 10 major markets, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago, both at dealerships and in downtown locations.

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February 11, 2016

2016 Audi A3 e-tron: A Plug-in Hybrid Wagon for the Eco-Minded

1__2016_audi_a3_e-tron___actionA six-year-old boy greets his dad coming home from work, "Daddy, can I plug in the car?"

Ajay Chawan, manager of Audi's electric mobility program, is excited that his small son is fully charged about the future of automotive driving. Chawan has been commuting to work in the newest addition to the Audi lineup -- the 2016 plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback e-tron wagon.

I test-drove the A3 Sportback e-tron with him in Manhattan recently, and was impressed by this hybrid electric car's power and performance. It has the same kick-butt acceleration and precision braking and handling as the "regular" A3, and gets even better miles per gallon than the A3 diesel. I averaged in the high 70s in city driving, where I hardly ever got out of battery mode.

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November 25, 2015

Volvo Announces #DrivingDirty Movement, Asks Californians to Help Lessen Drought Impact

Volvo_Driving_DirtyVolvo Cars has created an awareness campaign called #DrivingDirty – a movement focused on water conservation in the midst of California’s current drought. Inspired by the efforts of Steve Hinkle, President and GM of Volvo San Diego, Volvo is asking Californians and their neighbors to stop washing their cars for one month – potentially saving 18 million* gallons of water throughout the state. (*Statistics based on washing your car at home.)

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