Sustainable Community Development Initiative

20 Energy Efficiency Tips for Driving

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1.) Combine trips for shopping and

2.) Avoid unnecessary trips.  Use the telephone or

email to communicate


3.) Don't idle the car for more than one minute


4.) Remove bicycle and ski racks when not in use


5.) Use the lowest octane gasoline recommended by the manufacturer


6.) Drive the speed limit, or below, for better mileage


7.) When buying a new car, make fuel efficiency a priority


8.) Don't buy a bigger engine than you need


9.) Overdrive gears improve the fuel economy of your car during highway driving


10.) Join a carpool or use public transit


11.) Avoid sudden bursts of speed, tailgating and pumping the accelerator

12.) Gradual starts and stops result in less fuel use and less wear and tear


13.) Keep tires at the recommended air pressure


14.) Travel during off-peak hours when possible


15.) Keep your car engine properly tuned


16.) Take the shortest route with the best roads


17.) Excess weight uses more fuel.  Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle


18.) Out on the open highway keep windows rolled up to reduce drag


19.) Use the cruise control -- it can save fuel by maintaining a steady speed


20.) Using a vehicle's air conditioner on a hot summer day can decrease mileage.  If it’s cool enough, use

the flow-through ventilation on you car instead of the air conditioner

Page last modified November 30, 2011