The price of each gallon of gasoline is high and going higher, with no end of price increases in sight. Just because the price of gasoline is increasing doesn’t mean that we don’t still need to get to and from work, run the necessary household errands, and… well, drive our cars and trucks. Mostly the price increase of gasoline just means that it costs us more to drive our vehicles.
There are some things that we can do, however, that can improve the fuel efficiency of the cars and trucks we drive.
1. We can drive more efficiently (or sensibly): Speeding, rapid acceleration, and stopping fast all increase the gasoline that our cars and trucks use. Try accelerating more slowly and start stopping sooner…and drive slower. If some idiot passes you, just think how much money you are saving on gasoline. Removing items that you don’t need from your car or truck will reduce the weight of the vehicle and improve gas mileage as well.
2. We can keep our cars and trucks in good shape and keep the engines tuned: Such things as replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can noticeably improve gas mileage. Replacing clogged air filters, keeping tires properly inflated, and using the recommended grade of motor oil can all increase gas mileage.
3. We can plan ahead and combine our trips: Rather than making several short trips, it is more gas mileage efficient to make one longer trip. Warm engines use less gas than cold engines. It is better to combine many small errand trips into one longer trip. Commuting is another way that we can plan ahead. It doesn’t take any more gasoline for four people to ride in a car than it does for one. Commuting is an idea whose time has come.
There isn’t much we can do about the price of gasoline, but we can use some of the above measures to reduce the number of gallons that we burn in our cars and trucks.