Tips on Saving Gasoline
The first step to decrease the consumption of gasoline is to ensure that their tires are properly inflated and engine tuned up.
Virgin Islanders, as gas prices continue to rise, should also be purchasing the most fuel efficient vehicle possible. Car dealerships on the islands are now offering hybrids for sale. The typical hybrid consumes half the gasoline of low efficiency vehicles. A hybrid car is a car which can run on two or more fuel sources. The common ones today run on battery at low speeds and have a gasoline engine kick in at higher speeds. The gasoline engine also recharges the batteries and there is no need to plug in the vehicle.
Electric cars do need to be plugged in for recharging. they are generally limited in speed and range. As of 2013, there are only a few electric cars in the Virgin Islands, but the field will probably grow.
Residents, who want to cut down their gasoline bill right now, before they buy their next car, can start by driving slower and less aggressively, The U.S. Department of Energy has calculated that drivers by following smart driving techniques can cut gas consumption by 20 percent.
- Before getting into your car, ask yourself “Is this trip necessary?”
- On short trips, try walking or bicycling. It’s good exercise.
- Consider car-pooling and share the gas bill and ride.
- Always use the shortest route and avoid sightseeing trips and bottlenecks.
- Organize activities and perform as many errands as possible in one trip.
- If possible, avoid driving during rush-hour and other peak traffic periods.
- When bargain hunting, check newspaper ads, Internet and use your telephone.
- Keep brakes properly adjusted. Dragging brakes increases resistance.
- Make a list and do all the grocery shopping once or twice a week.
- Let the kids run some of the errands. Let them walk to school, too.
- Public transportation may be cheaper, especially when traveling alone.
- Pack as little in your car as necessary so it has less weight to carry.
- Don’t speed. Cars get about 21 percent more mileage at 55 then at 70 mph.
- Better planning reduces the need for speeding, to get there in time.
- When staring your car, don’t idle it for more than 30 seconds. Today’s cars are designed to be driven almost immediately.
- If you stop for more than 30 seconds, don’t idle your car. the engine is more fuel efficient if your turn it off and restart it.
- Drive evenly with a steady foot. Avoid jiggling the accelerator.
- Use air conditioning only when necessary. Try opening the window.
- Avoid sudden starts. when starting, press accelerator slowly.
- when possible, coast to stop such as traffic lights.
- Keep wheels aligned for better mileage- Longer tire life, too.
- Never rev engine before killing it. This wastes gas, wears out cylinders.
- When you see a hill ahead, build up speed before you reach it, and then maintain your speed on the slop. (if you must accelerate on the hill, you will use much more fuel).
- Use only your right food for accelerating and braking. That way you can’t accidentally ride the brake and use excessive gas.
- Pass other cars as soon as you see you are overtaking them. Don’t wait.
- Drive a car with light colored exterior and interior, to reflect light, and heat. Tinted glass also prevents heat buildup.