With Gas Prices Rising, How Can I Get Better Gas Mileage?
I have moved on several occasions for jobs in radio. It is the nature of the business. Go where the work is. One thing I have always tried to do is live as close to the place I work as I can. This way, I have options on how I get to work. If the weather is nice, I could walk, or ride a bike. If it is lousy, I can drive a shorter distance and get there quickly. I have never wanted to take a long time driving to a job. I would rather spend that time doing other things. And a long commute can be stressful.
Well with the price of gas going up to an average price across the country of close to $4, being so close to work has proven to be helpful. My small car can go longer without having to fuel up. I realize not everyone has this option. Some of us have families and perhaps have a vehicle that is larger and not as fuel efficient.
Lately, unless I HAVE to drive to Columbia or drive home to Illinois, I just don't put that much mileage on my car. For those of you who travel more, if you can get a few more miles per gallon on your car, it can pay big dividends. AAA has some tips on how to maximize the mileage you get from your vehicle. That link is HERE and I will highlight a few of them:
1. Slow down. 55 miles per hour seems to be the magic number, but 65 on I -70 or I - 50 is probably more realistic, Take advantage of your cruise control when you can stay at a consistent speed.
2. Cleaner car, lighter car. If you have dead weight in your vehicle that can be removed, remove it. The lighter your car, the better your mileage will be.
Hopefully these suggestions will help you on the road and get a few more miles per gallon of gas. Car pooling may also be an idea if your co-workers live close. Good luck and make sure to buckle up.