You’d be surprised to know how much you’d actually save up on fuel if you just bothered to learn a few tricks. Most of these “tricks” are extremely obvious options, but because they’re so obvious, most people end up neglecting them.
The following are tips on how to practice energy efficient driving:
Efficient Driving – It feels good to drive over the speed limit, sure, especially when the roads are empty and you want that little jolt of adrenaline in your body. That’s acceptable. But are you aware how much fuel you’re wasting? Another tip for efficient driving is reducing air conditioner usage. Utilize the flow-through ventilation from time to time, especially if it’s not that hot outside. That feature is present in cars for that very reason. Lastly, avoid leaving your vehicle in idle. We’re all guilty of leaving our cars idling to some degree.
Travel Alternatives – Use public transportation once in a while. This tip is especially useful if you’ve gotten really tired of your everyday routine. Using public transportation could be a nice change of pace; not only that, you will save up on fuel, too! If that’s not enough, you could also try non-motorized options, like bicycles or walking. Not only will you save on gas, you’ll also be able to inject a little bit of cardio in your usually-dull morning routine.
Never Top-off on Gas – This is probably the most obvious of the bunch, but so many of us are guilty of this. “Topping off” on gas means filling up your gas tank with more gas than it can handle. A lot of us do this simply for the sole purpose of “getting more bang for the buck,” which is ridiculous. Most of the time, that additional gas you’re topping off is just fed back into the gasoline station’s tank, anyway, because your own gas tank is full and has nowhere else to go. If you’re paying in cash, avoid rounding off the amount shown in the meter and just take your change of dimes and pennies and give them to a street beggar.
Limit Purchases When Gas Prices are High – Gas prices go up and down like clockwork. One obvious tip would be to avoid completely filling your tank when gas prices are high and only buy as much as you need. Also, gas prices vary from station to station. If it’s not too much trouble, try to find stations with the lowest prices available, especially if you must, must, must fill up your tank during high-price periods.