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Learn how to save gas and help air quality this summer, find out how to enjoy a Fairfax County staycation and more on the Fairfax County’s Champions of Character Awards.

Learn how to save gas and help air quality this summer, find out how to enjoy a Fairfax County staycation and more on the Fairfax County’s Champions of Character Awards.

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    • News to Use Podcast
      June 2, 2010
    • Topics
      June 2, 2010:
      Save gas and help air quality.
      Fairfax County “staycations.”
      Champions of Character awards.
    • Save Gas / Help Air Quality
      Tips from the Fairfax County
      Department of Vehicle Services to help
      with fuel efficiency and air quality:
      Routine oil changes. 
      Keep spark plugs in good condition.
      Check air and fuel filters regularly.
      Keep tires properly inflated.
    • Save Gas / Help Air Quality
      Driving style can have a significant impact
      on the amount of fuel you use:
      Don’t race a cold engine to warm it up or allow it to idle for an extended time.
      Avoid rapid acceleration until the engine temperature is in the normal range.
      Maintain steady speeds for the best fuel economy.
    • Save Gas / Help Air Quality
      Use the air conditioner conservatively.
      Most air conditioners have an "economy" or "recirculation" setting that reduces the amount of hot outside air that must be chilled. Both settings can reduce the air-conditioning load and save gas.
      Avoid long idling.
    • Save Gas / Help Air Quality
      Improve your fuel efficient driving with
      the following suggestions:
      Take your foot off the gas about 100 yards before a stop sign/light.
      Take your foot off the gas when going downhill.
    • Save Gas / Help Air Quality
      Improve your fuel efficient driving with
      the following suggestions:
      Make an effort every time you drive to see how much gas you can save.
      Make a game out of it – try to top the mileage you got on the last tank of gas.
      Telework and carpool.
    • Staycation
      Enjoy summer at Fairfax County’s parks:
      Family adventure.
      Kids' activities.
      Outdoor experiences.
      Unique ways to beat the heat.
      Fun things to do after 5 p.m.
      www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/staycation
    • Champions of Character
      Nominations are being accepted for Fairfax County’s Champions of Character Awards.
      Recognize outstanding youth and adult athletes who have demonstrated extraordinary service in the sports community while modeling the basic traits of good character.
    • Champions of Character
      Champions of Character Awards
      Applications (PDF) and further information are available online or by calling the Athletic Services Division at 703-324-5533.
    • Additional Information
      www.fairfaxcounty.gov
      www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news
      www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/getfairfax
      703-FAIRFAX (324-7329).