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Tips for saving cash at the pump

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EAST TEXAS (KYTX) -- Like anything else, you have to ensure that your vehicle is running right. Through proper maintenance and care, along with taking out anything that doesn't belong, will help you get the best fuel mileage for you vehicle.  

O'Reilly Auto Parts employee Quincy Hankins said along with keeping up your tire pressure, make sure you regularly get oil changes.

"And when you do get your oil changed, make sure you check your air filter and change it also," he said. "It's very important that you keep a good, clean air filter because that does regulate the gas to air ratio in the vehicle. So if you do have a dirty one, of course it's going to cause it to burn more gas."

Along with car maintenance, there are other ways to save money on gas. Davarye Jackson said carpooling works for him.

"I just think it's ridiculous how high the gas is getting," Jackson said. "Me and my wife, if we're going to the same place, we try to leave one car at the house and take one car."

He also uses websites like gasbuddy.com on his smartphone to find the cheapest gas stations.

"I look around on my phone when I get off work," he said. "It's like when you're shopping for groceries, you have to shop for gas prices."

When you're filling up at the pump, Hankins said it's also important to make sure you're using the recommended octane level for your vehicle. 

AAA said the national average price of gasoline is now $3.65 per gallon. In Texas, the average is $3.54.

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