Simple Tips to Use Less Gas
With oil prices rising worldwide, it's important to start using less gas. Driving comfortably and conserving fuel are easy goals to achieve. Save both time and energy by following these tips to reduce your gas consumption.
Drive a Fuel-Efficient Car
Avoid gas-hogging SUV's and choose a car with good gas mileage. The list of fuel-efficient cars that get 30 mpg or better is growing every year, and top models include the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio, not to mention popular hybrid models. Or, opt for an electric car; this year marked a milestone for the U.S. auto industry, with the introduction of two mass-market electric cars, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF.
Consider sharing a ride with your neighbors or friends if you live in the same area. Carpooling will significantly lower your monthly gas expenses. You can also look at websites like CarpoolConnect and eRideShare to help you find potential carpoolers in your area.
Inflate Your Tires
Low tire pressure equals less gas mileage, so the next time you fill up your tank, be sure that your tires are properly inflated. An individual who drives 12,000 miles yearly on under-inflated tires uses about 144 extra gallons of gas, at a cost of $300-$500 a year.
Stick to the Speed Limit
Speeding and/or driving aggressively can increase your gas usage by 30%. Efficiency in most car models begins to drop dramatically at speeds over 60 to 65 miles per hour.
Perform Regular Maintenance
You'll use less gas if you keep your car tuned up on a regular basis. Become friends with your mechanic, and keep your car in tip-top shape; it will improve your gas mileage.
Use Public Transportation
Take the bus, subway or train and you'll save gasoline costs while helping the environment.