Drive green with 7 eco-conscious tips for fuel economy

eco-friendly driving tips

It doesn’t matter how cheap gas costs now, the long-term costs of irresponsible fuel consumption will always be high.

Thanks in no small part to the horror of rising fuel prices, gas-guzzling Americans have been forced to cut back on gas consumption.

Some tried car-pooling, discovered public transportation or gained new skills for alternative transportation like motorcycles and scooters. Others learned the value of proper car maintenance.

It’s true! Preventative maintenance for your vehicle can cut your gas costs and save money. Not only are these car tips good for you wallet, but by lowering your fuel bill you’re also saving energy and that’s good for the planet too. 

After months of high gas prices at the pump, fuel costs have finally taken a sharp downturn. This can be a temptation for drivers to fall back into their old habits. Don’t do it! Remember, it doesn’t matter how cheap gas costs now, the long-term costs of irresponsible fuel consumption is unacceptable.

To keep you motivated, GreenWorld365 has compiled a list of tips to help your vehicle routine go green. (Click the links to read more information about each of the eco-friendly driving tips.)

Lighten Your Load. Do you have luggage leftover from your last road trip? If you don’t need it, then why are you lugging it around? Clear your car of extra baggage and you can improve your fuel economy by two percent for every 100 pounds. more…

Slow down, lead foot. Faster is not always better, especially when it comes to saving gas. There is evidence that slowing down can save gas by improving fuel economy. more…

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, slowing down to 55 mph can result in a staggering 30.6 percent increase in fuel efficiency.

Idle engines are the Devil’s playthings. An idle engine gets zero miles per gallon. In fact, letting your engine idle for more than ten seconds is worse than just shutting it off and restarting — it uses more gas and lets loose more harmful pollution. more…

Spend it to save it. Proper care and maintenance will not only prolong the life your vehicle, it can increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. A few simple car care tips can make your vehicle up to 19% greener. more…

Let it ride. Go easy on the brake and even easier on the gas pedal. Hard stops and fast starts are tough on your car and murder on your gas mileage. more…

Don’t get dragged down. Aerodynamics is about more than a sleek, sexy exterior. The most obvious fixes are to remove any barriers such as luggage/surf racks when you’re not using them. a href=”http://www.greenworld365.com/green-tips/cars-dont-get-dragged-down/”> more…

Be an EcoDriver. Join the EcoDrivingUSA movement by visiting www.ecodrivingusa.com. While there, you can read eco news, get more fuel economy tips and also have fun with their online eco-driving game Virtual Road Test. more…

About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.

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