Before getting into the car combine several tasks in one trip and think about carpooling with a friend or family member. Consider how you can avoid peak traffic times in your area. This will eliminate time spent in stop and go traffic thereby saving fuel and frustration. For short trips consider the dollar savings, wear and tear on your car and infrastructure and the added bonus of health by walking or riding your bike. For longer trips consider using Social networks to either share your vehicle in a carpool or take part in a carpool to major centers around your home base.When driving consider the fuel savings and the pollutants you will eliminate by turning off your vehicle if you are parked more than 10 seconds. Obey the speed limits as driving faster uses more fuel. On the highway, it is suggested use of your cruise control is advisable for better fuel economy. Remove unnecessary weight in or on the car as increased weight requires additional fuel to move. Eliminate friction thereby increasing fuel economy by removing loads on the roof or truck such as ski racks or kayak racks when they are not being used.Regular car maintenance is recommended to save wear and tear on your vehicle, save fuel and reduce emissions. Regular scheduled maintenance will keep your car running at maximum efficiency. Keep the engine tuned. Worn spark plugs, dragging brakes and low fluid levels can increase your fuel consumption significantly. Have any fluid leaks checked to maintain engine performance and environmental health. Properly inflated tires reduce tire wear, fuel consumption and emissions. Proper vehicle alignment also reduces uneven tire wear and fuel consumption.
When you want a coffee or burger on the go skip the long line-ups and waste of fuel; park the car and walk in to the establishment to place and receive your order. I’ve seen some of the line-ups at these “stop and go” throughs. If you have the physicality to get yourself into the store, please do so for your own health, that of your pocket book and that of our community.
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