First, some reasons
to conserve gas (You have to be motivated!):
- Reduces greenhouse gases and
fights global warming
- Save money and make gas prices
- Lessens our reliance on foreign
oil (The argument can be made that it is patriotic to conserve
- Reduces our payments to foreign
- Reduces pollution and
- Helps conserve oil for future
- Is a way to get back at greedy
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
Tips on Driving to
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
- Don't drive faster than
the speed limit.
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
- Avoid tail-gating. Constantly accelerating
and braking burns considerable fuel.
- Avoid Excessive Idling
can save up to
- 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
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.)
- 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
- Clear out your
car; extra weight
decreases gas mileage. 100 extra
pounds in your vehicle can reduce fuel economy by 2%.
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
- 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
- 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
possible, to avoid peak rush hours. You'll spend less time sitting in traffic,
consume less fuel, and avoid additional stress.
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
- Get your exercise!
possible, walk or bike to your destination. You'll lose weight, lower stress,
save gas, and reduce pollution.
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