Tips to improve gas mileage and save a bunch of green!
Poor gas mileage!
The Larger Issue
• Oil is a non-renewable resource, and while there is debate as to how long it will last, we will eventually have to find new ways to fuel vehicles.
• Poor fuel economy increases our dependence on foreign oil.
• Burning gasoline and diesel contributes to air pollution.
• You will pay an extra $200 to $1500 each year by driving inefficient vehicles. This can cost many thousands of dollars over a vehicle’s lifetime.
• Oil spills from oil refining, transporting and use damage ecosystems and pollute water.
Be Part of the Solution
Follow these simple steps to save a bunch of green (pun intended):
• Don’t drive aggressively! Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas by lowering highway mileage up to 33% and 5% around town. It’s also much safer.
• Don’t Speed! Gas mileage rapidly decreases above 60 mph. Assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is equal to paying an additional $0.24 per gallon. It too is much safer.
• Replace your air filter! Doing so can improve your car’s gas mileage by 10%.
• Give your car a tune up! Fixing a car that is out of tune or can improve gas mileage by about 4%.
• Keep your tires properly inflated! This can improve mileage by more than 3%.
• If possible, carpool! You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half if you take turns driving (or even better, use PSTA or ride a bike).
• Don’t idle! It wastes fuel and pollutes the air. Turn off the engine when waiting.
• When shopping for a new car, buy the most efficient option possible! Go to http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/FEG2009.pdf for a complete listing of fuel economies for all 2009 automobiles or visit http://www.hybridcars.com for information on hybrid technology.
• If you must buy an SUV, consider a hybrid! The highest efficiency hybrid SUV’s include the Mazda Tribute, Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner.