Some could save hundreds of dollars. Others could save a lot more.
The tricky part is: Few people relate how they drive to how much it costs.
Why bother to save money on gas?
#1) Saving money on gas leaves more money to spend on yourself, such as vacations, good food, and entertainment.
#2) Saving money on gas often saves time.
#3) Using less gas produces less pollution, which is good for the environment.
#4) Driving less leaves more time for enjoyable activities.
#5) Using less gas helps reduce the price of gas. (The economics of supply and demand tells that less demand drives prices down.)
So consider: What could you do with extra money?
Here’s how to get it.
Note: Every idea is easy, practical, and good for you.
1) Leave It Off
Save gas by not using your car. For example:
Do: Shop by phone or over the Internet.
Do: Walk for local errands.
2) Change Time Zones
Do: Travel when others are less likely to be on the road. If your company allows flex time hours, choose a time window that avoids driving during rush hour.
Do: Shop early or late in the day. Besides encountering less traffic, you’ll find shorter lines in the stores.
3) Shut It Off
Do: Turn off the engine as soon as you park.
Do: Lock the door, fasten your seat belt, and then start the engine.
Do: Turn off the engine any time when you have to wait for more than a few minutes, such as at a railroad crossing.
Important: Two minutes of letting the engine idle is equal to driving a mile – Unless you’re running the air conditioning, then it’s almost equal.
4) Drive Smart
Do: Drive carefully, allowing enough room for an emergency stop. You’ll save money, feel better, and provide a more enjoyable ride for your passengers.
Note: Reckless drivers depend upon others for their safety. If you want control over your life, drive smart.
5) Ride a Bicycle
Do: Pretend that you’re the engine. So avoid quick starts and racing to a stop.
Do: Start gradually and coast to a stop.
6) Be stingy
Do: Evaluate every trip for its importance.
Do: Combine errands on a single outing. Then start with the most distant destination. This way, you’ll warm up your engine while driving there. And you’ll get better mileage between the other stops as you travel toward home.
Do: Join a car pool for commuting to work or taking your children to school.
Do: Walk with your children. (The exercise will benefit all of you.)
Do: Use public transportation. Then you can use the travel time for reading, planning, or relaxing.
7) Travel Light
Do: Carry only what you need in your car.
Do: Remove flags and decorations. These cause added drag, which wastes gas.
8) Shop Smart
Do: Before driving far to a special store, estimate the cost of gas plus the value of your time. Then compare those costs with the savings that you expect.
Do: Shop from stores close to home.
9) Keep Your Car Healthy
Do: Buy routine tune ups.
Do: Fix problems as soon as you notice them. Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.
10) Maintain tire pressure
Do: Make sure the tires are properly inflated. (Soft tires use more gas.)
Want to Know More?
These two organizations are working to reduce the use of gas. See: