With gas prices above $3.50 per gallon, it’s important to know ways that not only save gas money, but save our natural environment as well. According to a study conducted at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, 15% of man-made carbon dioxide, a major driver in climate change, is from transportation. Specifically, road transportation contributes the most greenhouse gases within the transportation industry. Therefore, there is a large opportunity for individuals to not only save money, but to curb their carbon footprint and become better stewards of the natural environment by driving greener.
It may seem obvious, but the best way to save gas money and drive greener is to not drive at all. Instead, ride your bike and enjoy the scenery of your neighborhood while getting some exercise.
Instead of driving to work or school by yourself, find a group of people with whom you can drive with. By doing this, each person doesn’t have to worry about spending gas money driving to work or school each day. Furthermore, everyone in your group is reducing their carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of cars on the road. Also, many places offer carpooling lanes which tend to run faster and save time.
Combine Errands Into One Trip
While many people go out right when they think of something, save those trips for when you can get multiple tasks done at the same time. When you park your car at the first destination, keep it there and walk to your next locations.
Although it may be fun to drive like a manic, just chill out a bit. By driving 55 mph instead of 65 mph, you can improve your gas milage by 15%. Also, accelerate gradually and use your brakes less by anticipating when you have to stop.
Keep Tires Inflated
By keeping your tires filled to the maximum recommended amount you can increase you gas milage. Not only are you risking a flat by driving on deflated tires, but you’re wasting money, gas, and negatively effecting the natural environment. Keep them full.
Sources: fuelgaugereport.aaa.com, usatoday.com, epa.gov