Drive Green: Part Deux

Yesterday we talked about how to find the shortest distance between two (three, four, five…) points in order to reduce gasoline consumption. Today I want to share a few simple ways to optimize your car’s performance to reduce that consumption even further.

First, stop speeding. Your lead foot is costing both you and the environment dearly. Accelerate to a cruising speed slowly, then avoid exceeding the speed limit. According to fueleconomy.gov, you’ll reduce consumption between 7 and 23 percent.

Next, perform some basic maintenance. Change the air filter regularly and make sure the tires are properly inflated.

Avoid excessive idling. If you’re stuck at a train crossing or that reeeaaaally long light, turn the car off. Starting it back up takes less gas than sitting idle for 20 seconds.

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