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Why didn't they mention slowing down? I know this nation is filled with idiots who turn the interstates and even surface streets into Indy racing courses, but when it comes to saving gas, patience and planning pay off. Leave earlier, drive slower and you will not only save gas but also feel less stressed and more relaxed.
Eight ways to save money on gas
3. get a ride from a friend
4. hitch hike
5. take the bus
6. ride a bike
7. ride a skate board
8. steal gas from some one
Like others have said, it's only worth it if the gas station offering you a discount is actually cheaper than other gas stations. Shell offers 5 cents off per gallon, or something, but they're like 10 cents more per gallon ... so it would be pretty stupid to jump at their deal.
Just a thought...
I'm a retired truck driver. I used to get 7.2mpg in the same truck that used to average 5mpg with other drivers. How? Keep your foot off the 'loud pedal'. Shift at lower rpm's to get into a higher gear, and accelerate at a moderate pace. I could still run 70mph with a fully-loaded truck and still get good fuel mileage!
So you drive a car with an automatic transmission. The auto will shift into a higher gear if you use a light touch on the gas pedal, which saves gas! You still get to road-speed almost as fast, but just saved fuel!
Air conditioning? The A/C compressor uses very little engine power at cruise speed, but open windows creates a lot of drag and turbulence.
Gasoline? Most gas has 10% ethanol alcohol added. Ethanol reduces your potential fuel mileage. The more ethanol, the lower your mileage! Ethanol raises the octane rating of the fuel, but it has less fuel energy, so you use more... If you see a gas station with a NO ETHANOL sign, you'll probably see better gas mpg by filling up there (usually a Shell station).
Save money at the pump? Drive a diesel!
Oh wait, you'll have to move to Europe to buy one, but then fuel costs twice as much there.
Just forget it.
Lots of trips could be planned better to do several things along the way. And for that matter, a lot of us just drive for no particularly good reason, too.
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