Sustainable Community Development Initiative

20 Energy Efficiency Tips for Driving

car exhaust

 

1.) Combine trips for shopping and
errands
 

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
pedal. 


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


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