Wednesday, July 8, 2009


When the gallon of gas hit below $2.00, I was happy. I remember 3 years ago, when I got here in the USA, the gallon of gas was $1.99! There was a time when the gas price soared as high as almost $5/gl. That was the time when we pay almost $50 for a tank full of gas for our Ford Escort car. That was awful!

Well, gas now is at $2.50/gl, still high but what choice do we have? Anyway, I am listing here some tips for eco-driving. These tips will help reduce fuel use by up to 15%.

  • TIGHTEN UP. A lose gas cap can allow up to 30 gallons of gas to evaporate over a year's time.
  • GO SLOWER. Most cars have a mileage sweet spot of 60-65 miles per hour. Going seven to eight miles faster than that decreases fuel economy by up to 10 percent.
  • FAVOR A "FEATHER FEET". Suddent starts and stops can lower gas mileage by 33%. Anticipate stops and slow down gradually.
  • LIGHTEN THE LOAD. Don't carry unncessary weight. An extra 100 pounds can reduce mileage about 2 percent.
  • DON'T BE IDLE. Shut off your engine if you're in traffic and expect a stop to exceed 30-60 seconds.
  • KEEP YOUR COOL. Roll down windows when getting into a hot car to let heat escape.
The most effective way to save with your gas expenses is to stay at home and avoid unnecessary extra trips.


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