Friday, January 23, 2009

Greener Driving 101: Ten Tips To Save Gas and Money

Here are some tips to make your commute a greener one:

  1. Plan your trips before leaving and plan your stops efficiently. Don’t backtrack whenever possible. This will also save you time.

  2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. This can save you up to 5% of your fuel.

  3. Make sure air filters are clean. Dirty air filters decrease engine efficiency.

  4. Don’t brake hard or accelerate rapidly. Watch ahead for stop signs or lights and take your foot off the gas when approaching one.

  5. If your vehicle has overdrive, use it. This slows the speed of your engine, saving gas and increasing the life of your engine.

  6. Take anything out of your vehicle that you don’t need. A lighter vehicle will get better mileage.

  7. Carpool or take public transit if available.

  8. Only use air conditioning when needed. Air conditioning causes your gas mileage to decrease.

  9. Keep your vehicle maintained. Regular tune-ups and oil changes will ensure your vehicle is running efficiently with minimal emissions.

**image courtesy of Flickr user Toni_V

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