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Gas Saving Tips
First, some reasons to conserve gas (You have to be motivated!):
    • Reduces greenhouse gases and fights global warming
    • Save money and make gas prices decline
    • Lessens our reliance on foreign oil (The argument can be made that it is patriotic to conserve gas.)
    • Reduces our payments to foreign countries
    • Reduces pollution and smog
    • Helps conserve oil for future generations, and
    • Is a way to get back at greedy oil companies

Research has shown that all of us can improve fuel economy by 20% or more just through a few driving technique changes and better vehicle maintenance. The federal government's own web site tells us how (see below).  All of us are empowered to make an immediate difference!


Tips on Driving to Save Fuel  

Sources: US Department of Energy, Edmonds and Alliance to Save Energy http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/driving/articles/106842/article.html#test1  http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.shtml 



  • Avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Don't drive faster than the speed limit.  If the speed limit is 70 mph, drive 65 mph. If it is 65, drive 65 or less.  Driving 65 mph versus 75 mph will save 15%. (Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.)  
  • Avoid Aggressive Driving.  Rapid acceleration and braking can cut gas usage by up to 37%  (Edmonds)  What's the rush? 
  • Avoid tail-gating.  Constantly accelerating and braking burns considerable fuel.
  • Avoid Excessive Idling can save up to 19%. (Edmunds)
  • Use Your Cruise Control - Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and will save gas up to 14%. (Edmunds)  Other Driving Tips are listed below.

Tips on Maintaining your Vehicle for Fuel Savings


  • Tune-up your car Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent. DOE adds that replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage up to 40 percent.
  • Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
  • Keep tires properly inflated. You can improve your gas mileage by around 3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. 
  • Use the right Oil  You can improve your gas mileage by 1-2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. Other maintenance tips are listed below.)

Other Tips

  • The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.
  • Use air conditioning only when necessary.
  • Clear out your car; extra weight decreases gas mileage.  100 extra pounds in your vehicle can reduce fuel economy by 2%.
  • Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to buy a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%.
  • Look farther down the road. Do you really need to accelerate right up to a stoplight? Why not back off the accelerator if that traffic light two blocks away is red? Glide until you get the green and then accelerate moderately. This not only saves gas but also your brake pads.
  • Pick your lane and stick with it. Traffic studies have shown that changing lanes doesn't result in a significantly reduced travel time. So choose your lane and stay in it. It will lower your fuel consumption and your blood pressure.
  • Think clean.  Keeping your car washed and waxed improves aerodynamics and therefore affects fuel economy.
  • Combine errands into one trip. 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.
  • Use carpooling and public transit.
  • Consider buying a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. A fuel-efficient vehicle, a hybrid vehicle, or an alternative fuel vehicle could save you a lot at the gas pump and help the environment.
  • Stagger your work hours, if possible, to avoid peak rush hours. You'll spend less time sitting in traffic, consume less fuel, and avoid additional stress.
  • Consider telecommuting – working from home – if and when possible.
  • Drive the car that gets better gas mileage if you own more than one vehicle. Do you really need that SUV for trips to the party store?
  • Get your exercise! Whenever possible, walk or bike to your destination. You'll lose weight, lower stress, save gas, and reduce pollution.

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