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FUEL CONSERVATION TIPS DUE TO COLONIAL PIPELINE CYBER ATTACK

Fuel stations in the southeastern United States faced major outages Wednesday as one of the largest US fuel pipelines forced a shutdown of all operations after a ransomware cyberattack. Brunswick county and neighboring areas continue to see decreased fuel supplies. As gas becomes more and more scarce try to remain patient and conserve your fuel as much as possible.

HERE ARE TIPS FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ON WAYS YOU CAN CONSERVE FUEL:

•  Minimize idling your car by turning off your engine when your vehicle is parked for more than 10 seconds. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use, adding up to three cents of wasted fuel a minute.

•   Drive sensibly and avoid aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking. Aggressive driving  can lower your highway gas mileage by up to 33% and your city mileage by 5%.

•   Avoid high speeds. Above 50 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly. For every 5 mph above 50 mph, it’s like paying an additional $0.19 per gallon of gasoline.

•   Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks, which can decrease your fuel economy by up to 8% in city driving and up to 25% at Interstate speeds.

•    Avoid keeping heavy items in your car; an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could increase your gas costs by up to $.03 cents per gallon.

•    Combine errands. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.

•       Check into telecommuting, carpooling, public transit and active transportation like bicycling or walking to save on fuel and car maintenance costs

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