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NEED TO BUY
WITH GAS AT MORE than $3
per gallon across the country, it
makes sense to focus on helping
your vehicle get the most out
of that expensive commodity.
Common sense with just a dash
of rocket science will surely
impact your mpg quotient.
Speed. Fuel economy de-
creases rapidly when speed
exceeds 60 mph. Obeying speed
limits promotes both safety and
Cruise control. Maintaining
steady speeds without undue
speeding up or slowing down is
good for fuel economy. Engaging
cruise control makes this effortless.
Tire inflation. Properly inflated
tires roll more easily, reducing
the energy needed to move the
vehicle and therefore increasing
efficiency. Having tires under-
inflated by as little as 3 psi can
reduce efficiency by 1. 5 percent.
Weight. Is it a car or a storage
locker? Every 100 pounds of
extra weight decreases fuel
economy by 4 percent.
Maintenance. A properly serviced
vehicle runs more efficiently,
perhaps making as much as a
10 percent difference. Your best
guide to service schedules is the
owner’s manual in the glove box.
Rocket science (aerodynamics).
Drag, or wind resistance, eats
away at fuel economy. Even
having the vehicle’s windows
down when exceeding 35 mph
or lugging an unused roof rack
around makes a difference. If you
drive a truck, leaving the tailgate
up—not down—reduces drag.
Accessories. When you park
your car for the night, make sure
Saving on business-phone service
A NEW BUSINESS-PHONE SERVICE from Costco and AccessLine
Communications uses VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) technology
to provide a significant reduction in business-phone charges. Unlimited
local and long-distance calling are free under this plan.
Called SmartVoice, this service works seamlessly with existing
phone, PBX or key systems with no up-front equipment expense.
And for those businesses without existing PBX or key systems,
SmartVoicePlus provides a phone system at a fraction of the cost normally associated with business-phone systems.
In either case, AccessLine installs a dedicated broadband connection exclusively for phone calls. All installation, management and support is handled by AccessLine, delivering a complete business-phone
solution at the lowest possible cost.
For more information, call toll-free 1-877-757-2609, or visit
costco.com and click on “Services.”
to power down any accessories
that would add a load to your
engine when next starting up.
Air conditioning and any items
plugged into the cigarette
lighter are the biggest culprits.
The bigger the electrical load,
the less the fuel efficiency.
Trip planning. Careful routing
to avoid known or predictable
traffic snags will pay off in
greater fuel economy.
Newer vehicles take advantage
of design improvements that aid
fuel economy. If you’re ready
to upgrade to a more efficient
vehicle, the Costco Auto Program
can deliver low, prearranged,
haggle-free prices on the car of
your choice. To locate a participating dealer in your area call
1-800-800-9288 or go to costco.
com and click on “Services.”
COSTCO’S ONLINE entertainment ticketing service expanded
to national coverage in June
under a new name: Event Ticket
Services. Costco members can
expect exceptional values on
sporting, cultural and theatrical
events across the country and
throughout the year.
Event: 2007 NASCAR-Bank
of America 500 Cup Race
When: Saturday, October 13
Where: Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina
Event: King Tut and the
Golden Age of Pharaohs
When: through September 30
(final U.S. tour location)
Where: Franklin Institute
For more information on
these events and for news about
shows on Broadway and in Las
Vegas, more NASCAR events
and upcoming Major League
Baseball tickets, visit costco.com,
click on “Services,” then on “Event
Tickets,” or call toll-free
THE 2007 PASSPORT to
Savings coupon book is good
through August 26. Included
this year are special savings on Don’t forget
mortgages, home equity financ- to use your
ing, real estate agent service, Reward on
small-business Web sites, auto your next
financing, merchant credit-card
processing, check printing and trip to
credit reports and monitoring. Costco.
For more information, see
the Passport or visit costco.com
and click on “Services.”