Driving

The best way to begin saving money and energy on automobiles is to buy a green vehicle. But, even if you aren’t in the market for a new vehicle, there are steps you can take to make your vehicle more efficient. How you drive and how well you maintain your vehicle will decide how much you save in terms of money and energy.

Driving:
  • Modern vehicles don’t need to warm up like some of the older models. Start your car when you’re ready to leave.
  • When possible, plan your drive to avoid rush-hour. Stop-and-go driving burns more gas and releases more emissions.
  • Don’t floor it! Quick starts waste gas and greatly increase pollution. One second of high-powered driving can equal the same amount of carbon monoxide emissions as a half hour of normal driving.
  • Anticipate stops so that you don’t have to slam on the brakes.
  • Follow the speed limit signs. Not only does it help keep you safe on the roads and reduce your chances of getting a traffic ticket, it will lower your fuel consumption by 10 percent.
  • Unload your cargo. Just an extra 100 pounds can reduce your fuel economy by one percent.
  • Use overdrive at cruising speeds. If you drive a manual, shift up a gear as soon as possible. Driving in high gear saves fuel.
  • Try to roll down a window and use vents before turning on the air conditioner.
  • Run all your errands at once. When your engine is warmed-up, it creates less pollution.
  • Try carpooling to work. Or, if you live close enough, ride your bike or walk whenever possible.
  • Park in the shade in the summer months to keep your car cool and minimize fuel evaporation.
  • Park in your garage to keep your car warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Use a windshield shade to protect your car from heat in the summer and frost in the winter.

Maintenance:
  • Keep your tires inflated to the pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Fuel economy is reduced by one percent for every three pounds below recommended pressure. Tires can lose one pound each month.
  • Buy low-rolling-resistance (LRR) tires. These are designed to improve fuel economy.
  • Check your mileage versus gasoline consumption once a month. If there is a major difference in the outcome compared to what you normally get, you might need to have your vehicle serviced.
  • Change the oil regularly.
  • Use regular gasoline unless your owner’s manual says otherwise.
  • Don’t overfill your gas tank or top it off after the automatic nozzles clicks off. It isn’t good for your vehicle and can cause gasoline to spill out of the tank. 
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