Gasoline is a finite resource. There will come a time when we are forced to find alternative fuel sources. Right now most of us drive cars that use gas, or a hybrid, which uses much less gas. The electric cars do exist, but I have yet to see a used one for sale. They go about 60 miles on a charge. Someday I hope to own one, when things are in place. I would love to see someone start up a business where, in rest areas on the highway, I could plug in, pay for charging time, and enjoy an internet cafe experience while I wait. Until then, we need to think about how to save gas.
Oil and Gas are finite resources
- Make sure your tires are inflated properly and in good condition.
- Don't idle the car, You can deal with a few minutes of cold or heat. Idling when it's extremely cold may be necessary but when you start the car and you're not in it, you will idle much longer than needed. Wear a coat. I keep reading that it's not necessary to warm up the car at all but I live in New England and you must warm the car to defrost the windshield to see. Idle while you clear the snow, then get in the car and you can drive. What I mean here is: 1) don't idle for 10 minutes while you finish getting ready for work. 2) don't idle when you're picking kids up and waiting for them and 3) Don't idle when you get home or to work and want to hear the rest of that song.
- Check the air filter and replace when needed
- Don't speed. You reduce gas use by 7% when you slow down by 5mph on the highway.
- Don't ride the brake ~ it wears out brake pads as well as increases gas consumption by as much as 35%, which means don't camp at the campground I just left, they strictly enforce the 5 mph speed limit, requiring you to ride the brake.
- Lighten up: Empty the trunk of things you do not need. Clean the car. If you are using roof racks for luggage remove everything as soon as you can, including a car-top carrier. Reducing weight is important, and so is reducing wind resistance.
- choose the best route. If you are not in a rush, try playing with the settings on your GPS, mine defaults to "fastest" but it has "shortest" and "most economical." Remember that starting, stopping, and idling waste gas too, so don't take the back roads if it means dealing with a lot of stop and go traffic & traffic lights, sometimes the highway is better.
- Run all your errands at once and plan ~ planning ahead saves you time, but also when the car is warm it uses less gas to start back up, plan all your errands at once, and plan the most gas-friendly route, Ending with the groceries that need the refrigerator, unless you live near me in which case half the year that doesn't even matter.