• SOURCE: General Motors - Global

No Pot of Gold - But Savings Can Be Found



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ANCHOR LEAD: As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, some folks may be holding out hope for finding a rainbow leading to a pot of gold. Others may be pleased with simply finding their way to savings at the gas pump. Bobbi Owens has more. (:59) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Bobbi Owens. As national gas prices remain at high levels, GM’s James Bell says there is a pot of gold - in savings - to be found with your vehicle. CUT: (Bell) Regular check ups are needed to ensure your vehicle performs efficiently. A properly tuned engine can improve fuel economy by about four percent. SCRIPT: Bell says there are other ways consumers can save that don’t require any out of pocket expense or St. Patrick’s Day luck. CUT: (Bell) Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to three-point-three percent. Removing any unneeded cargo will also help conserve gas. On average, an extra 100 pounds is shown to reduce fuel economy by as much as two percent. And slow down… speeding, rapid acceleration and braking definitely lower gas mileage. SCRIPT: Bell also says you may be surprised how fast… fast food stops can eat up your savings. CUT: (Bell) Avoid Idling. While it takes a small amount of fuel to restart a vehicle, fifteen minutes in the drive-through can burn a quarter gallon of fuel. That dollar menu can quickly total two dollars out of your pocket. SCRIPT: For more, log onto GM.com. That’s Newsbreak from GM. I’m Bobbi Owens.
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