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Experts predict modest bump in gas prices over summer

SPOKANE, Wash. - Even though the weather isn't looking like it, the summer months are coming up quickly and just in time for vacation travel, there's great news about the price of gasoline.

Experts predict a gallon of it will be a lot cheaper this summer than last.

Demand is down dramatically.

It started when gas prices spiked above four dollars a gallon last year.

Americans responded by driving less, 100-billion fewer miles in 2008 than 2007.

Now comes the dividend.

People are already more likely to vacation closer to home because of the economic crisis, and will spend less on the gas to get there.

It could even boost the nation's travel industry.

The industry has been battered by a reduction in business travel, but that could turn around if the travel costs keep dropping.

Simple maintenance can boost your gas mileage

After enjoying a winter of cheap gas warmer weather has prices inching back up again.

There are a few things you can do to help save money on gas in these difficult economic times, and also help save the environment.

TIP #1: CHECK YOUR AIR FILTER

"You're supposed to be able to see through it. If you hold it up into the sunlight and this is a brand new one, this is what they're supposed to look like," explained mechanic Bob Masterson.

Masterson says a clean one could save at least a couple miles per gallon.

TIP #2: CHECK YOUR ALIGNMENT

An improper one could reduce gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

Tip #3: GET A TUNE UP

It will lower both gas mileage and vehicle emissions.

TIP #4: FOCUSES ON YOUR TIRES

The higher the tire pressure, the better the gas mileage you get, but recommended pressure should not be exceeded.

Tip #5: TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT YOUR GAS CAP

The cap should seal properly so the evaporation system will work properly.

Tip #6: LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD

The less weight your engine is having to pull, the more you're saving on gasoline.

TIP #7: DRIVE RESPONSIBLY

GO SLOW AND STEADY, AND TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE BRAKE.

TIP #8: DON'T IDLE

If you're sitting still with the motor running, you're wasting fuel.
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