5 Ways You’re Wasting Gas
According to CNNMoney.com, you could be burning up extra gasoline without even noticing it. Here are five ways drivers typically waste gas on every trip. Are you wasting money?
1. Racing away from the green lights. Have you seen the driver that guns it the moment the light turns green? That’s a waste of gas as you’ll probably just pull right up to them at the next red light. You don’t have to take off as quickly as possible.
2. Racing up to the red lights. That driver just has to get around you…in a panic they race up to the red light. This is not necessary. When you’re driving down the street, and you see a red light or stop sign up ahead, you should lay off the gas sooner rather than later, and coast to save gas.
3. Do not confuse the roadway with a speedway. Even if it doesn’t involve hard acceleration, speeding wastes gas. The faster you go, the more air your vehicle has to push out of the way.
4. Bumper-buzzing, tailgating and Idling are bad for many reasons. Driving too close is unsafe. Tailgating wastes gas because every time the driver ahead taps his brakes, you have to slow down even more than he did. Then you accelerate again wasting gas. And you’ve probably heard that it takes more gas to restart a car than to let it run. But with modern engines it takes very little extra gas to restart a car once it’s warmed up, so, idling actually burns about a half-mile worth of gas for every every minute you let your car run.
5. Those short trips should be left to your feet. Take advantage of the opportunity to get some exercise. Try walking to the nearby store or location you need to get to, instead of driving there. You can save gas and burn a few calories instead.