News to Use Podcast: June 2, 2010

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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.

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News to Use Podcast: June 2, 2010

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

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