Flipping through some old GMTMA newsletters, we discovered that in 2007 gas prices were quickly rising to $4.00 per gallon, the highest we have seen in the U.S. in decades. Until now of course, when prices have climbed to $5.00 per gallon or more. Back then prices were rising due a Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. These days, the gas price increase has been attributed to a number of factors, including a war in Europe and a pandemic. People everywhere are feeling the pinch. So, what can you do to save money and help reduce the overall demand for gas? Here are a few tips:
- If you have not yet replaced your car rides with bike rides, consider looking into what destinations are within 2 miles of your home and try giving biking a chance.
- If you have not switched to an electric or hybrid, here are a few other things you can do to reduce your gas consumption (and CO2 emissions):
- Keep your tires pumped up, it helps increase fuel efficiency by decreasing rolling resistance
- Clean up your trunk – every extra 110 pounds increases fuel consumption by 2%
- Don’t drive with your windows open, it increases wind resistance and fuel consumption
- Don’t idle
- Keep your car clean
- Combine errands in one trip, make a list and schedule a day and a route that will decrease the number of miles traveled
- Plan your trip during off-peak hours to avoid traffic which leads to frequent stopping and increased fuel consumption
- Travel the speed limit – you increase your chances of getting more green lights and your car is more efficient at 50 mph than traveling at 70mph.
- Use cruise control when possible, keeping your speed constant will save you fuel
If you want to learn more about carpooling, EVs, biking or walking, we can help. Contact us to learn more about joining a carpool, finding a bike route, bike safety tips, where to find an electrical vehicle charger, and more.