With gas prices on the rise and talk of greenhouse gases causing global warming, save money while being green by conserving the amount of fuel you use. Follow these tips to decrease your impact on the environment, and the impact on your wallet:
-Plan your route: Before leaving your home, make a list of the places you need to go. Once you know where you’re going, plan a route that requires the least amount of back tracking. That way you can get all of your errands done with the least amount of gas used.
-If you have cruise control, use it: It’s a proven fact that using cruise control on the freeways, or anywhere with a steady flow of traffic going at a constant speed, helps save gas because it helps you maintain a steady speed.
-Shut your car off rather than let it idle: According to fueleconomy.gov, letting your car idle can use between a quarter and a half gallon of gas an hour. This may not seem like much, but every little bit counts and idling gets you just a little closer to needing to fill up at the gas pump.
-Get the junk out of your trunk: Heavy items weigh a vehicle down and mean your car has to work that much more to get moving, wasting gas in the process. Trucks that put sand bags or heavy objects in their truck bed’s in the winter time to avoid fishtailing on icy roads should remove that extra weight as soon as the weather allows.
-Check your tire pressure and add air when needed: Underinflated tires cause your car to use more gas than necessary. Consult your car’s owner manual to find out what your car’s tire pressure should be at.
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