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Those of us who have been around the block a few times will remember the last time gasoline hit $4 per gallon a new industry sprang up.
Drivers could buy magnets to attach to fuel lines to allegedly boost a car’s gas mileage by 20 or even 30 percent.
The devices didn’t work, but the brisk market for them reflected the pain we were feeling at the pump.
The Rock Doc confidently predicts the current spike in gas prices will lead to yet another round of activity by the charlatans we saw last time.
The only way to take a good chunk out of a household gasoline budget is the straight and narrow road of combining trips to minimize miles driven and cold starts, sharing rides, driving a vehicle with a small engine, taking public transportation and hoofing it whenever you can.
It’s not easy, but as a friend of mine likes to say, it’s not a requirement that we like it.
Buyers also need to beware of quite a different class of energy-savings products. They purport to save homeowners hard-earned dollars on their monthly electric bills.
Recently I got a free steak dinner from two out-of-town sales men selling the device.
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