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Alternative Ways To Cut Fuel Usage

Aug 17, 2007
The typical vehicle uses approximately 600 gallons of fuel and is driven more than 16,000 miles each year. This adds up to a lot of miles driven and a lot of money spent on gas. It appears as though our society is dependant upon our cars and therefore gasoline. So, when the cost of gasoline reaches new heights, we must find alternative ways to reduce our fuel consumption. The following are some ideas on how to do just that.

When possible eliminate the use of motor vehicles altogether by walking, biking or telecommuting. For the time when motor vehicle travel is necessary, when available take public transportation. Carpooling also saves money and reduces traffic congestion and pollution. Sharing rides with a co-worker can cut your commuting costs in half, as well as help preserve the environment. Ask your employer if there is a vanpool. Sometimes companies offer their employees the opportunity to multiply their carpooling savings by establishing vanpools.

Good driving techniques will help reduce your vehicles fuel consumption. It is reported that a good driver will get 20 percent more miles per gallon than the average driver and 50 percent more than a wasteful driver. Use the most energy efficient car. Drive at a steady pace. Always accelerate smoothly and moderately. These are just a few examples of actions that make someone a good driver.

It is important to regularly maintain your vehicle. Regular maintenance can mean greater fuel economy and dollars saved. Regular tune-ups also extend the engine life of a car as well as improve It is important to regularly maintain your vehicle. Regular maintenance can mean greater fuel economy and dollars saved. Regular tune-ups also extend the engine life of a car as well as improve a cars performance. A poorly tuned car can use as much as 3 to 9 percent more gasoline than a well-tuned vehicle.

Finally, for many Americans driving is more than a form of transportation; it is also a form of recreation. Family road trips are the traditions of many. For the times were road trips are necessary, make sure you pack carefully. Unnecessary weight can add to high levels of fuel consumption. You may want to choose a trip where you are only required to drive to the destination and once you arrive you do not need to drive. Just remember, when you can use other forms of transportation.
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Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. Get quality car care products from http://www.carcarewizards.com
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