Saving Money and Energy on Your Car and Fuel
Our love affair with cars started more than 100 years ago and it has continued unabated since then. People are always looking for solutions to go faster using more power and panache, ignoring the cost to us and the planet. But it just couldn’t go on forever. We are eagerly waiting for the day for a clean, cheap, and reliable source of energy powers our vehicles. Though there have been some exciting developments through electricity and hydrogen as well as other technologies yet so far the internal combustion engine powered by gasoline or diesel fuel is accountable for majority of the cars on the road all over the world.
But in the meantime, we owe it to ourselves and to everyone to practice driving habits to reduce the harmful impact the vehicles have on the environment. When we start driving in a way that negative footprint of our vehicles is reduced, we pay less at the same time. The problem is that not many of us are doing it. You can take the lead today so others follow.
Here are some tips on how to use your car efficiently while saving the environment:
Don’t drive especially if you are living in a rural part of the country. But if you live in a town or city, there’s a bus service that you could take or you can just walk. You may also consider getting a bicycle to provide you with transport as well as a good exercise and a huge amount of savings in your pocket.
Be a smooth driver which means someone who breaks gently and accelerates gently. Driving smoothly puts lesser stress on your car, making it consume less gas too. The car parts will also last and the gas will get you further ahead.
Plan your driving trips. If it’s been a routine driving to the local store every day, go once a week and stock up. Think of ways on how to reduce your driving and you’ll save on fuel and resources.
Reduce your speed. Instead of driving at 70 miles per hour, 55 miles per hour is a much more efficient speed for the average car. With the reduced speed, you can still head on to where you’re going and you’ll burn less fuel also.
Get rid of the excess weight inside your car because a vehicle burns more gas with ever pound of increased weight. Therefore, check your trunk. You may probably have unnecessary stuff that need to be thrown out. It will help increase your mileage considerable and saves you money to over time.
Give your car a tune up. A car works at its best when everything’s working at its best also. Your vehicle will consume less gas and go further. Thus, it will help save you money also. It will also lessen its harmful effect on the environment.
Carpool when you go to work. To do this you don’t need to be working at the same place. You just need to be going in the same direction. There are more than 130 million workers in the United States and more than 80% of them drive by themselves when going to work. Carpooling can help save everyone a good amount of money.
Check your vehicle’s recommended fuel octane level. If you don’t need a higher fuel octane, then don’t get it because they’re expensive in the first place.
Tire roll resistance accounts for about 20% of your vehicle’s fuel consumption. This is the amount of energy needed in order to get the tires rolling and keep them rolling. Tires work best when they’re in good condition. Thus, ensure they are properly inflated. Check the pressure and keep it only at the recommended pressure. Check the wheel alignment as well. Wheels that are badly aligned will cost you money.
Never sit with the engine idling for over a minute. Restarting the engine can consume the same amount of gas that an idle engine consumes in one minute. You’ll save gas and money if you turn the engine off.
About 16 million gallons of gas is wasted each year from vehicles that are waiting in line at drive thrus. Why not cook your meals at home? It’s healthier and it will cost less. You can also save gas by cooking at home and staying at home.
Anticipate ahead. This would help prevent those last minute hard braking events that scare your passengers and consume unnecessary gas and also putting strain on your car’s parts.
Next time, keep thinking ahead. Anticipate bends so you’ll have plenty of time braking gently. See the red light ahead of time so you won’t have to screech to a halt just because you didn’t expect it.
Replace old and worn gas cap. Check gas cap for wear particularly the seal. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, it’s time to replace it.
Remove an overhead luggage rack that you don’t use all the time. It just adds drag which means more gas is going to be used. Only put it in place when you need it most.
Wear your seat belt even before you start your car’s engine. If you start your engine then wear your seat belt, this can waste money and lead to more wasted fuel every year.
Reverse in a parking space instead of driving straight because you could drive straight out on a cold engine than maneuvering on a cold engine. It’s more efficient and also greener.
If you need to replace your car, get a fuel-efficient car. Smaller cars are more efficient. You may also want to check out new hybrid cars.
Change your vehicle’s air filter on a regular basis. It helps improve your gas mileage by as much as 10%.