Save Money and the Environment with Fuel Efficient Cars and Driving Habits
As we all know, prices of everything has been going up, especially the gas that we use. It might be okay if we have a small car, but for most families who have more members in the family or opted for an SUV, you might need a lot more money to get some gas.
To help you increase your fuel efficiency and trim down your carbon footprint, here are some tips for you:
1. New hybrid cars. Compare your current vehicle with a hybrid car. You might be thinking it wouldn’t be good to buy a new car because of the money you will have to pay up for it. Maybe your thinking it might be more expensive and will just opt to use whatever you have right now. Well, it all depends on what car you would be buying. Hybrid cars are designed to use less gas. Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Honda Civic hybrid, Ford Fusion hybrid, Mercury Milan hybrid, and Volkswagen Golf TDI are just some examples of the most fuel efficient models that we have on the market right now. So why not try this hybrid car? Who knows, it might even surprise you with your ROI.
2. Drive smarter. It all depends on our driving habits when it comes to saving money and gas. It depends on what we do with it or how we drive it. Let’s look at how your driving affects your fuel efficiency.
a. Keep your car tuned up. Make sure that your air filters are clean because this helps us use less gas. Always have it checked up when you think that something is wrong with the car. You might just be wasting gas when your car is struggling and chugging.
b. Drive slowly and steady. You might be thinking right now how you can do that in the highway when everyone might be speeding up to avoid traffic or rush hours. But I suggest you take the time and keep your speed steady. Avoid doing quick moves. Changing your driving habit will save you on gas mileage. Leave early to avoid traffic jams during rush hours. It will help you relax when you are driving and help you save gas. This will make a big difference on your gas mileage.
c. Use your air conditioning. Did you know that you use more gas when you leave the windows open? True, because you use more gas to push your car. So use the air conditioning system and it will cool the inside of your vehicle without using extra gas.
d. Lighten the load. Don’t put so much stuff on your car. The weight affects the drag of your car as it goes down the road so you end up using more gas. Always keep it clean.
e. Inflate your tires properly. Always check your tires and make sure you sill them up with the proper tire pressure. If you are unsure, you can always visit your local mechanic and ask for help or check your manual. Not having the correct tire pressure may cause a drag as you are moving down the road. This would require more gas as you push along.
f. Use cruise control. Do you enjoy long drives but hate driving long hours? Well why not try using the cruise control. It will help you maintain a steady speed for long hours. You can set the cruise and just relax. Plus you don’t have to use more gas.
g. Try to carpool. This will save more gas, money, and even the environment. Ask your friends or co-workers to join you. You can meet up at a certain place where it can be accessible to everyone. You can also schedule who will be driving per day, per week, or whatever would work out for all of you.
We spend a lot of money on gas and maintenance of our cars. Give this some thought and try researching for more ways to help you save money and reduce that carbon footprint.
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