Browsing through this website has given you a few tips on how to reduce the cost of fuel in your everyday life – from planning your route smartly to changing your tires more often, or even braking more efficiently. In this piece, though, I will describe a few less common ways you can save on gas – I hope you will find them useful. Let’s begin.
1. Lose the wheels
The best way to reduce your car’s fuel consumption is to leave it in the garage. OK, I know, there are many situations in which you need to drive, but several times it’s much more efficient to choose an alternative means of transportation – like, riding a bike.
For a quick trip to the grocery store for a pack of smokes or a six-pack of lager you don’t need to drive – these products fit comfortably into a backpack. Besides, you don’t just save fuel by riding a bike – you also do some exercise.
Studies have shown that riding a bicycle is among the most efficient ways of transportation in urban areas, especially where bike trails are existent.
2. Plan ahead
Never take one trip to solve one issue – try to group them in batches so you can use your time and fuel more efficiently. Don’t take the kid to school and drive home, then drive to the bank, and drive home, and drive to the supermarket, and drive home again just to drive to the school, and take the kid home – this is the most wasteful way you can travel.
Instead, plan your itinerary so you can settle multiple things with one trip, one stop each. Say, if you leave the kid at school at 8, you can do the shopping until 9, when the bank opens, so you can be there at 9:15, solve the problems there and others at hand. Saving a trip through the traffic means more fuel left in your tank, and less money to leave your pockets.
3. Use the force of the Internet, Luke!
There are so many things nowadays that you can order online instead of going out to buy them. Shoes, clothes, games, even groceries can be ordered by just a few clicks, and delivered – often free of charge – to your doorstep.
Instead of driving to the mall to buy a new blouse, or taking your monthly visit to Walmart, try ordering online – you can save, and most of the times not just the gas money.
Besides, the internet is good for so many other things – visit galleries, listen to concerts, play poker or blackjack at the red flush casino, or even visit your friends using Skype and a webcam. I wouldn’t recommend this last one, though, unless you are a hermit – but then you don’t travel anywhere, so you don’t need gas at all, right?