Okay it is that time of the business cycle again, when gas prices go way higher than the average driver can really afford. With the national average of a gallon of gas hovering near $4 per gallon, driving is once again becoming something you need to think about more carefully. The Federal Government has tried to encourage auto makers to suddenly create a better internal combustion engine or something by making mandatory MPG Rating requirements. But by the time these new standards are implemented will the average driver be able to actually buy gasoline?
The best idea for increasing fuel efficiency is to reduce fuel consumption. Using less gas cost less money. But how exactly can this be done given the fast pace of life in the US and the need to drive everywhere? If you look at your daily driving habits, there really should be some place where you can reduce the use of your automobile. Do you drive to work? Can you car pool? Can you take public transportation? Maybe you can’t take a bus all the way to work, but what about a Park n Ride situation? Drive part of the way to work and take public transportation the rest of the way. This won’t stop your need for driving but if you could cut out 50% of the driving time to your job you would be cutting down on 50% of the gas you would use.
What about all those errands you run during the week or the weekend. Can you get make all your stops on one day during the weekend. Plan and strategize your errands run. Cutting back on the amount of times you drive your car to and from the shopping center would be an easy way to cut back on the amount of gas used. Can you run your errands during off peak hours when not so many cars are on the road with you. Avoiding traffic will also help reduce your gas consumption.
Another area of improvement is automobile maintenance. Getting your oil changed regularly and checking your tire pressure often can add a little more towards your effort of improving gas mileage. All these little things do seem like much, but with gas prices so high, these little things could add up to good improvements in your gas consumption and savings in your wallet.
Posted by pfiorini on Apr 6 2011 in Fuel Economy