Saving gas

Saving gas, the planet, and your wallet

Reducing gas consumption is a great way to shrink your carbon footprint. You will find that one of the best ways to do this is to take a look at how and how much you drive your car. Take some time and really think about how often you drive your car and how much gas you use. Every gallon that people consume when it comes to driving can hurt the environment, so consider some of the tips below to help you start saving gas in your day to day life. These tips, both large and small, can help you save money on gas as well as support the recovery of the environment.

Fill your tank up a few dollars at a time

Consider stopping for gas more often and filling it up in small amounts. This is a good way to make sure that you only get the gas that you need and it will also keep your car healthier than it will by constantly running it down to the line, but don't take special trips to the gas station just to top off!   

Join a carpool

Do you have coworkers who live where you do and leave work at the same time? You will find that taking part in a carpool will not only save gas, but it will save you money as well. This is a great way to get uses out of the empty seats in the car. You can take turns or simply find someone who is interested in driving all the time in exchange for gas money.

Work close to home

If you have a choice, make sure that you live close to where you work. If for instance, you work downtown, see if there are any apartments down there that are in your price range. Though the apartment might be expensive, think about what the advantages might be when it comes to gas costs in terms of your commute. This can encourage you to walk more and it can help you out a great deal with it comes to saving time and money.

Park in the first empty spot that you find

It really won't hurt you to walk a little further. What is important is that you avoid circling the parking lot like a vulture looking for an empty space. This will make you and the other drivers in the lot frustrated and also waste gas. Just park in the first space that you find and take a quick, brisk hike!

Bike or walk

When you want to save gas, one of the best things that you can do is to look into alternate modes of transport. When you are looking into having all the independence of a car, but less of the gas issues, think about all the places that you can bike or walk to. This is something that can mean a lot when you want to save gas; you may be surprised by how little effort it takes just to head out without a car!

Car share

Do you live with other drivers? One practical way to make sure that you save as much gas as you can is to decide that some of the people in the household do not need a car. This is something that can reduce gas costs a great deal. Find people that you like and who you wouldn't mind sharing a car with. Some people can chip in on insurance and on gas, and in the long run, the expenditure of energy, gas and cash will all go down.

Dont top off the tank

When you go to fill up your car's gas tank, pull out the nozzle once you hear the click. Overfilling the tank can be bad for it due to the fact that it forces liquid fuel into the evaporative emissions system where it can overwhelm circuits that are only meant to deal with vapors. In addition, it wastes gas and money.

Change your oil

Changing your oil can help you get better gas mileage and thus a much better chance of getting every bit out of the gas that you put into it. Try using a synthetic oil over a mineral one.

Get a good air filter

Make sure that you have a good air filter in your car. This may cost a bit more money, but you'll make it back over better gas mileage. Make sure that your air filter gets checked ever oil change and make sure that it gets changed on a regular basis. Make sure that your air filters do not need to work overtime in order to get the job done.

Check your tires

Tires that have good pressure get better gas mileage. Also keep in mind the fact that using low resistance tires can help you get better mileage and allow you to save gas as well. Make sure that you check the pressure every week. All you need for this is an inexpensive air pump and a good tire gauge.

Get a hybrid

Hybrid gas and electric cars are getting a lot of attention, and with good reason. Not only can you go much further on a single gallon of gas, you will also find that you can get a tax break by using gas-saving cars. Federal deductions can be fairly high and this can help you move forward into other methods of saving gas. However, in some cases, depending on the type of hybrid you compare to, you can save just as much gas by improving your driving habits.

Improve your driving habits

One of the best ways to save gas is to start driving better. If you follow these suggestions you will save gas, and in some cases dramatically!

  • Accelerate      smoothly. No jack-rabbit starts.
  • Maintain      your speed. Use your cruise control.
  • Stay      out of stop and go traffic. Check out your local traffic reports.
  • Stay at      or below the speed limit.
  • Plan      longer trips out in advance. Take the shortest route.