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How To Save Gas and Money

Since we are creatures of habit, and driving is just as much a habit as it is a necessity, it is extremely difficult for us to leave our cars in the garage and get where we want to go, or need to go, by other means. But now that gas has become so expensive, we may be forced to rethink the way we have to get where we are going and we are being forced to make changes to our driving habits.

Today, most people are trying to save money any way they can. For instance, and you hear this all the time, when you go to work, take public transportation, ride a bicycle, motor cycle, or join a carpool. That is easy enough, but most of us can't seem to leave our homes without driving our cars.

We claim to have other places to go before going to work, or after work, so we need our cars. Some of us had rather spend our commute time alone, so we can listen to our own music or relax in our own space, so carpooling or public transportation are not good options for us, or so we think.

So what are some of the other ways to save gas?

  • If you have a smaller car, use it to go to work instead of driving a gas guzzler.
  • When you have to run errands, make it a packaged run. Make all your stops in a circle so you don't have to crisscross around town.
  • If you have young children in day care or preschool, chose a school that is near your home and on your way to your job so you won't have to make detours.
  • Pay bills online and do as much of your shopping online as possible.
  • If you can work from your home, set it up with your employer. It may work at your employer's advantage too.
  • If you have to drive to work every day, schedule regular oil changes and keep your tires properly inflated. Servicing your car can save you a lot of gas over the long run.
  • Remove all unnecessary items from inside your car and your car trunk. The more weight in the car, the harder the engine has to work and the more gas it burns.
  • Slow down and drive at an even pace. The use of the cruise control when on the open highway saves gas by keeping the car at a steady speed.
  • Use your air conditioner as little as possible.
  • Check your local newspaper for gas stations with the lowest prices.
  • Spend your evenings, weekends, and holidays on projects that will keep you at home.
  • Walk whenever possible. Walking saves gas and it helps to keep you fit.

As a nation of consumers, we must find ways to develop and promote the use of alternative energy sources such as wind, water, solar, bio diesel, geothermal, ethanol, nuclear and other sources, and we each of us must learn to conserve and cut down on our use of gas, oil, and other fossil fuels.

Note: Beware of buying so-called gas saving products. Many have been found to be ineffective in saving gas and that means extra, unnecessary, money out of your pocket.

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