The price of gas has been taking a hell of a toll on me recently. I know I’m not alone, as we are all facing almost daily increases at the pumps.
I simply have had to change my habits, and I think we all should really. I’ve not been great at it, but I have seen some very good results. Here are some of the things I’ve been doing.
This first one seems like a definite no-brainer, but I’m surprised that so many people are still speeding (and in many cases killing themselves) on our roads.
Old habits I guess – like flying up to the red light (sudden braking), then, flooring the gas pedal to race to the next traffic light before everyone else — die hard.
The fact is though, that having a ‘lead foot’, just burns a lot more gas! The bigger your engine, the more gas you waste by speeding, and more so perhaps by rapid acceleration.
I have been moving off slowly from traffic lights and, well, really just generally. I’ve also cut out revving the engine… ever. While driving, I’ve been typically keeping my RPM down to below 2000, and my speed at or below 50km/h. So far, so good!
Removed excess weight
The heavier a vehicle is, the more fuel it needs to move off, then to move about. Another no-brainer. Years ago, I drove a little Suzuki Fronte, which had a 0.7L engine – yes POINT SEVEN! I do miss that little car so much these days – only for the fuel efficiency (when it didn’t have a fuel leak that I wasn’t aware of… another story).
These days however, the reality is that I have a bigger, and MUCH heavier vehicle with a 2.4L engine.
I took a look around inside and found lots of things that I was driving around with that I didn’t really need – including the two rear seats! I drive an estate car (eg. Space Wagon) and 99% of the time, I’m the only person in it. So, since the two rear seats are rarely used, and could be removed, still allowing me to carry three passengers, I figured I would just yank them out and leave them at home. That’s exactly what I did!
You know something? The seats were very heavy! The vehicle drives better without them, and again, I’ve seen an improvement in my mileage.
Keeping my tires properly inflated
Some long time ago, I wrote a post about how difficult it was to find working air pumps in Kingston. Unfortunately, the problem still exists, but whenever I am able to find a working pump, I do try to keep my tires properly inflated. I typically check them once per week.
So far, these and other measures have been working really well for me. I’d love to hear from you as to what you are doing to save some money at the pumps. Drop me a line!