You don’t use gasoline at all if you take public transportation, walk, or bicycle instead, but alternatives to driving are not necessarily simple. The tips in this article will save only a little gas whenever you do drive, but over the course of a year, the little bits can add up to something significant.
[ad name=”Google Adsense 728×90″]
- Most of us start the engine and then fasten our seat belts. The engine is running for a few seconds before you start moving. Every trip from home and back means you start the car at least twice, more than that if you have multiple errands in either direction. I don’t know how much gasoline gets burned in those few seconds, but however little, it adds up. How about fastening the seat belt before starting the car? If the old habit wastes 30¢ a day, that adds up to more than $100 a year!
- Take a look at your gas cap. Is it old and worn? Then it’s letting gas vapor out of your tank even when the car is parked. Think not only of how much gasoline you pay for and don’t get to use, but the environmental impact of adding the gas vapors to the air! Get a new one.
- For that matter, is your air filter clean? Are your tires properly inflated? Are your wheels properly aligned? Almost any kind of maintenance issue will decrease gas mileage. Keep your car in good shape. It’s better to pay a mechanic to maintain your car than to waste gas and risk running up higher repair bills down the road.
- How much stuff is in your trunk or sitting on the back seat? It adds weight to your car and therefore reduces gasoline mileage. Take out whatever doesn’t need to be there and put it somewhere else. (And no offense, but if you are seriously overweight, it’s costing you at the gas pump in addition to all the health risks you’re running.)
- I have already written at length about how much gas idling in the drive-through lane wastes, but it you are stuck in traffic, waiting for a train to pass, waiting at a long stop light, you’re getting zero miles per gallon idling. Never idle for more than a minute. Newer cars don’t take nearly as much gas to start up as older ones did. That has reduced the maximum length of time it makes sense to sit and idle. An idling car not only wastes gas, but it spews exhaust fumes into the atmosphere. Shut it off.
None of these ideas will save very much per day. Over the course of a year, the savings from each one begins to add up. Just imagine the cumulative savings if millions of people keep these points in mind and get in the habit of doing them! Less gasoline wasted. Less gasoline bought. Less foreign oil to import. Less air pollution. More money in everyone’s pockets.
Photo credit: Some rights reserved