As most of you already know, the most eco-friendly ways to get around are walking, biking or using public transportation. However these methods aren’t always available, and when they are they can be time-consuming and impractical. So for those of you who live in an area where public transportation isn’t an option, like the suburbs, I’ve complied a list of driving tips that are not only eco-friendly, but are safety-friendly and convenient as well.
1. Maintain your vehicle
Keep your tires at the recommended pressure, use the recommended fuel in the owner’s manual, replace air filters regularly, blah, blah, blah. You’ve read it in your owner’s manual, you’re heard it all before, but maintaining your car is expensive. Well it can actually save you money in the long run. A car that isn’t properly maintained usually has more costly repairs later on. Not to mention, it’s safer to maintain. At the correct tire pressure, the car has a better grip on the road, giving you more control, and clean air filters mean the air you breathe is cleaner, safer and healthier. I could go on, but let’s face it, you’re probably only reading the headings.
2. Fill up your gas tank properly
Don’t top off. The excess gas never makes it into your tank anyway, and it just causes extra air pollution. Don’t wait until your car is running on Empty. Instead fill up when your fuel meter is at the half-way point. It will increase your gas mileage, and if you forget to fill up on gas, you still have half a tank enough to drive about 200 miles. Also because you are only paying to fill up half of your gas tank, your wallet won’t feel the price of gas as much.
3. Obey speed limits
I know I sound like your dad when you were 16, or your driving instructor, but it will save you money. Gas mileage decrease after 60 mph. It also decreases while accelerating or braking quickly. The best way to avoid rapid acceleration or deceleration is drive the recommended speed, usually the speed limit. As a bonus following the speed limit is safer. Driving slower gives you more time to react, decreasing the chance of accidents, and if one does occur, the slower speed will mean less damage to vehicles and passengers alike.
4. Plan ahead
Okay, I know I’m supposed to tell you to carpool to work, but unless your coworkers are your neighbors and friends, it’s isn’t practical or even convenient. If you carpool, that’s great! Keep up the good work. However for those of you don’t live next-door to your coworkers, planning ahead is the next best thing. Instead of driving back and forth 15 times a day, plan ahead so that you can run all your errands in two trips or one. Also avoid driving during rush hour if you can. You’ll drive less miles, save time, and save on gas.
5. Don’t live out of your car
I know all you college students out there are guilty of this one. Extra weight in trunk or anywhere in the vehicle for that matter decreases gas mileage. I know could use the extra cash, and as bonus your helping to save the planet. Only keep what you need in your trunk.
That’s it. Five simple ways to save money, save the planet, and live a more convenient life (well except for the last one). Anyway if your looking for more information on the topic you can check out the sites listed below, or just plug some search terms into Google, choice is yours. Happy driving.