Driving Green: Fuel Efficiency Tips

In the hustle and bustle of driving home for Fall Break or Thanksgiving, you might be really excited about getting home, seeing your family, or having a home cooked meal, but I would also encourage you to be aware that the way you drive can have a profound impact on the planet.

Various factors in your driving, from your aggressiveness, to your gearshifts can change your gas mileage, costing you more money, making your trip longer with more frequent stops for gasoline, and harming the planet with increased emissions. EarthEasy, a blog dedicated to helping people live sustainably, has a great article on Tips for Fuel Efficient Driving. From keeping your tires properly inflated, to just tightening your gas cap one extra notch, there are simple solutions to not only save you money on increasingly expensive gasoline, but also help you do your part to protect the planet. I encourage you to check it out and be aware that even small aspects of how you live can determine your ultimate affect on the environment.

Increasing your highway cruising speed from 55mph to 75mph can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%. You can improve your gas mileage 10-15% by driving at 55mph rather than 65mph. Note how quickly efficiency drops after 60 mph.

For more information on fuel efficiency, check out www.fueleconomy.gov.

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