Saving Money On Gas Is Easier Than You Think!

Now that summer is almost officially here, gas prices will be on the rise before you know it, but don’t worry!  Saving money on gas is much easier than you may think.  It’s the simplest of actions that make the biggest difference when it comes to getting the most miles per gallon.  Whether you are in a compact car, SUV, or a van,  the following tips will help conserve gas and save money while on the road.

  • Brake Correctly- Did you know that a car uses the most gas when it is accelerating?  If the car is already moving, it doesn’t take much gas to keep it moving, but constantly braking and then speeding up again will drain your tank.  For commuters who frequently sit in traffic, this is especially useful.  Make sure you watch the cars in front of you and follow their lead, keep a steady foot lightly on the gas and avoid slamming on the brake!
  • Cruise Control- Cruise control is a great way to keep a consistent speed if you are on the highway.  It leads to less braking, which takes up a lot of fuel as we said, and keeps the RPM level.
  • Manual Transmission- Driving a stick shift is notoriously more fuel efficient than an automatic car, mainly because you have more control over the vehicle and gears.  Automatic transmissions may unnecessarily rev up the RPM in certain situations, like on the highway or when driving uphill. Also, the way the transmission shifts leads to a higher loss in fuel.
  • Downsize- The heavier the car, the harder it has to work on the road.  If a car is accelerating, it already uses more fuel than usual, but if the engine has to work harder to accelerate because of excess weight from personal items, it will use more gas than necessary.
  • Turn off the Air Conditioner- The AC can really cost you fuel in the long run.  Try to avoid using it as much as possible, of course this is not always possible, especially in the humid summer months that are coming our way.  If you can, turn it off a few minutes before you reach your destination, the car will still stay cool for a few more moments and you don’t have to leave it running the entire time you are driving.
  • Turn off Your Car- Although turning a car on and off does use fuel, the amount of fuel you save after at least 30 seconds of the car being off makes it worth it.  Next time you are in traffic or at a long light where you know you will be stopped for at least 30 seconds, turn off the car.  This is a very simple way to save gas and as a result more money.
  • Reduce Wind-Resistance- Riding around with a ski or bicycle rack may be convenient for vacations or road trips, but keeping it on your car every day creates some serious drag that will slow you down and therefore cost you gas.  Take these off if you are not using them, although it may seem like a pain, it will save you gas in the long run.
  • Carpool- This is the easiest way to save gas.  If you are able to commute to work with a friend and switch off driving days, you will automatically cut out half of your week’s worth of driving.
  • Consider a Fuel Efficient Car- Cars are continuously changing to improve their gas mileage.  Hybrid cars are popular but diesel engines also offer low mileage, especially on long distance journeys.  Although diesel is more expensive to buy, it provides better MPG and will save you money over time.

Don’t let the increasing gas prices keep you off the road this summer, follow these simple tips and start getting the most miles per gallon from your car!

Information From: Open Travel Info

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Make the Most Out of Commuting to Work: Tips for Commuters

Love Your Commute
For all of you commuters out there, would you have ever believed that there could be something positive or enjoyable about all that time you spend traveling?  Here at MassDrive we are still in the Valentine’s spirit and today is all about learning how to love your commute!  Whether you drive or take public transportation there are plenty of ways to increase your enjoyment and production while commuting to work.

If you’re driving to work an iPod, or any MP3 for that matter is your new best friend.  Customize your own playlist depending on the mood your commute puts you in.  If you’re typically tired in the morning, listen to music with a fast beat that pumps you up for the day.  If you’re commute frustrates you and sets a bad tone for the rest of the day, make a playlist with soothing songs or sounds such as the ocean or a cool spring breeze, you’d be amazed at the difference a good playlist can have on your day!

Want to save money on your commuting costs?  Have you considered carpooling?  Organizing a carpool with friends or coworkers is a great idea for those of us that are on a budget.  With potential fare increases being discussed regarding the MBTA, public transportation is becoming more expensive than ever.  Carpooling is a great alternative as you don’t have to rely on train times to dictate your return home and it may actually save you money when compared to public transit, depending on your location.  The bigger the group the better of course, but carpooling with even one person can make a huge difference.  Think of how much you would save if you yourself only had to drive half the time, pay for parking have the time, and put gas in the car half of the time.  The savings add up and the more people you have the lower the commuting cost will be and who wouldn’t love that?

For those of you that commute via public transportation, this is a great time to accomplish all of those errands you typically wouldn’t have time for.  Been meaning to schedule a doctor’s appointment, renew your auto insurance policy, reconnect with an old friend or finally finish that book you started?  Most people view their commute as a waste of time in their day but truthfully it’s a great opportunity to take care of all of the miscellaneous tasks that accumulate in your daily life.  Take advantage of this time that you would typically view as a waste, it may turn out to be one of the most productive segments of your day! A commuting backpack designed for that daily trek will keep you comfortable while you make your trip and accomplish those errands.

Turn your commute into your daily workout!  If possible and you live close enough to work, try commuting by bike or walking there.  Not only is it environmentally friendly but it will get you your daily dose of exercise and some fresh air!

If you drive to work on a daily basis, try switching up your route once in a while.  Not only will this get you better acquainted with the city you’re working in, you may find a better way to get to work with less traffic, a way that’s faster, or a way that offers a much more scenic route.  If you spend an hour of your day sitting in traffic on the highway, try taking the back roads once in a while.  You may have to leave a bit earlier but for the most part it should take the same amount of time and will offer you a much better view than red brake lights for miles and miles!

Even though heading to work can be frustrating and time consuming there are always positive aspects of any situation that can help you make the best out of it!  Try utilizing some of these tips which are sure to either save you time, money, or put a smile on your face while commuting to work!  Happy commuting!

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