Tips (and Apps!) to Help You Reduce Your Gas Consumption
Saving gas is not only good for your wallet, it’s good for the environment. In addition to driving less, there are quite a few ways you can positively impact your gas consumption.
Give your brakes a break
— cars consume the most gas while they’re accelerating. Constant slowing and speeding up in traffic uses far more fuel than keeping a relatively constant, possibly slower, speed.
— not just because it’s annoying and frustrating, but because driving in traffic often means lots of stopping, and therefore lots of accelerating, which is highly fuel-inefficient (see “give your brakes a break” above)
Plan your route with your computer or smartphone
— check out the traffic conditions on different street and road options ahead of time on your computer or smartphone. Google Maps, both online and mobile, offers a Show/Hide traffic option that is fairly accurate.
MPG is also about PSI
— keep an eye on your tire pressure. Well inflated tires will have a small but positive impact on your fuel consumption, while under-inflated tires will indeed reduce your average MPG.
For more tips and tricks on saving money on gas, check out these resources:
— Open Travel Info’s “How to Save Money on Gas – 29 Tips”
— Earth Easy’s “5 Best Ways to Save Gas this Summer”
Houston Chronicle Tech Blog’s “Find Cheap Gasoline with Your Smartphone