I wish we had the problem of the “high gas prices” in the picture to the right. Sheesh.
I barely even remember $1.93/gallon!!
Luckily, there are an almost infinite number of ways to get more miles out of each gallon of gas we rellunctantly buy.
Even better, is that many of them are absolutely free!
What more can you ask for than to SAVE money without spending it?
If, like me, you don’t have an extra $92,000 for a Tesla Roadster lying around, then these free gas mileage tips will have to suffice, won’t they?
But before we get into how we can squeeze more from every drop of gas in out tanks, let’s take a look at actually how good we have it here in the USA.
TreeHugger.com shared this little chart last month:
Tips for Getting Better Gas Mileage
#1 – Time the traffic lights by driving the speed limit.
Who doesn’t enjoy those times when you get an endless stream of green lights all the way to your destination? I know I do!
How Stuff Works says:
“Many traffic lights are timed so that if you drive at or below the posted speed limit (on the major road), then you will get green lights all the way. My personal record over 20 green lights on a 6 mile trip through an urban area. If you make the trip often, you will learn what it takes.”
#2 – Try hypermiling to get the most from your miles.
The Ultimate Guide to Hypermiling provides some wonderful ideas for getting the most miles for your money.
Some of their great tips are things like coasting in neutral, finding a fuel efficient route for your vehicle, and (probably my favorite) how to get more than 40 mpg from your current vehicle!
#3 – Decrease your fuel consumption by 5%.
Daily Fuel Economy Tip says:
“On average, Americans consume about 386 million gallons of gasoline each day. Over the course of a year, that adds up to just under 141 billion gallons of gas.
If people were able to reduce their fuel consumption by just 5% — whether it was by simply not driving, purchasing a more fuel efficient vehicle, or getting more of their current car’s gas mileage — we would save 7.05 billion gallons of gas each year.
With gas at $3.20/gallon, that’d be a savings of $22 billion!”
I think every little step toward living green is an awesome one… but eco-snobbery sucks! My goal is to help newbies learn the most important steps toward living green — individually and collectively. Personally, I strive to have as little impact as possible on Planet Earth while I'm here.