Planning a Smart Office

While it seems like the factory floor has been quickly evolving to make space for new and more innovative equipment, other than computers getting smaller, the office still looks relatively the same.

The cubicles are still there, along with the photocopier and printer in the corner. The modular carpets, flickering florescent lights, and stale donuts are the baseline for when it comes to office environments. However, with companies like Google and Facebook investing in interesting and stimulating offices, therefore attracting a high caliber of employee and getting a high level of productivity out of them, there has been a huge movement towards investment into the office.

It’s time to welcome innovation into the workplace. The office should be a smart, cutting edge place to be- not just somewhere to put in your eight hours and leave.

Let’s build a smart office!

  • Take Down the Cubicles

Though cubicle walls are great for privacy and for blocking out distractions, it’s also a great place to hide your unproductivity. When the walls come down, people are more accountable for their actions- no more cat naps on the keyboards! Some major employers have even experimented with flexible desk space, where each employee chooses where he or she will work that day- whether a long table, by a window sill, or on outdoor patio. It’s a more equalizing way to work for sure.

  • Eco-Friendly

Being smart is more than just having the greatest in technology. It’s also reflective of your mission and how conscious it is of people and the environment. Implement eco-measures like smart thermostats, LED lights, sustainable bathroom retrofits, as well as paper saving policies. If you think these are a bit expensive for your budget, remember that these are often also cost-saving mechanisms that will help you in the long run.

  • Stay in the Loop

Look into video wall display solutions for control rooms for large scale visualization of important numbers, stats, messages, or more. Take the white board to the next level with a video wall which can display important news that everyone will benefit from knowing. No more dropping down screens or malfunctioning projectors- this will save your face more than once when you have an important presentation that you can easily show. This is a paperless and technologically advanced way to share all kind of news from charity goals, today’s office birthdays, goals for the month, or even a Skype call from corporate!

  • Ergonomic Furniture

Many offices have already adopted this into their internal offerings, but ergonomic office furniture is the bare minimum if you want to maintain a smart office environment. If you want employees to be excited about working with you and not rush out the minute the clock strikes five o’clock, you need to make sure that they are comfortable at their work stations. Create a variety of environments from standing to sitting in well-suited chairs to make sure that pain isn’t a reason for your workers to putting in less effort.

  • Plants

It’s time to say goodbye to those dated fake office trees! Instead, pepper the office with live leafy greens or even vertical gardens that are known to help create a healthy environment. The oxygen exchange is only one of the many benefits live plants provide. They are also aesthetically pleasing, help relieve stress, and even help with noise reduction.

A smart office isn’t just one that is high tech when it comes to software- it also extends to places like the washroom, the kitchen, and the layout of the space. Invest in changing your working environment to one that people will love and see attitudes change as stress goes down, ambition and drive rises, and you retain employees for longer than ever before.

4 Clothing Retail Store Staples That Everyone Should Have at Home

Some things are meant to be shared. Though retail store equipment might not be the first thing that comes to mind, it’s definitely something that many of us wish that we had. How is it that their space full of clothes looks so appealing and neat while our closets are also full but no where near as amazing? It’s time to explore the secret tools that the retail clothing companies are using to boost their appeal to customers.

Here’s what you’re missing:

Garment Racks

Apart from the cool look of garment racks in bedrooms for an “industrial loft” feel, they offer a lot of function in addition to being a unique design element in your home. Once you have garment racks that meet your everyday needs for mobilizing garments on hangers from one location to another, it will be difficult to go back. Think of being able to transport freshly laundered items easily on wheels instead of by hand, where they can easily slip, getting wrinkled and dirty again. It’s also a great idea for switching your seasonal wardrobe which you can leave intact on your garment racks and just wheel in and out when the weather changes. It could seriously change the way that you store clothes in your home.

Steamers

How is it that in retail stores, there are no creases to be seen on the hanging clothes? Weren’t they shipped to the store in boxes? The steamer is a magic wand (literally a wand) that, with the help of steam, releases any creases that might have formed during shipping or even regular wear in the store. It leaves the garments fresher and is safe to use on all fabrics, even ones that an iron would quickly melt like tulle. Though you might want to keep your iron for heavy duty items like thick tablecloths, everyday ironing needs can be met quickly and efficiently with a steamer.

Full Length Mirrors

Everyone needs a full-length mirror, even if they don’t consider themselves fashionistas. These mirrors are staples in the fitting rooms of stores, letting the customer see the garment on their bodies, evaluating the fit, color, and style. At home these mirrors can avert fashion disasters as they allow you to see your entire outfit at once, checking if all the pieces go together well and whether the shoes go along with it. Denying yourself the chance to give yourself a once over puts you at risk of wearing something that looks good in your head but not in reality, potentially undermining your appearance and reputation at work, school, or with your acquaintances.

Room Spray

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into your favorite stores they have a distinctive smell? Well unless it’s a perfume shop or sells scented candles, it’s more likely than not a special room or linen spray that the store uses to engage your sense of smell when you walk in and shop. It’s also nice that when you come home and unpack your new goodies, they let off that same subtle aroma as well. You can play that trick too! Find a signature scent that you really like and spray your home with it regularly so that it becomes part of its identity. Pay special attention to your closets and drawers, they deserve a spritz as well!

These retail store staples are often overlooked while you are shopping, however they are essential to creating a great shopping experience for you. Perhaps once you invest in getting them, you’ll start wanting to shop in your own closet rather than continuously filling it with more and more new items!

4 Handy Things to Have When Insurance Shopping

Even if you consider yourself a shopaholic, chances are that your trip to the mall doesn’t revolve around finding the perfect insurance policy. Insurance is a necessity in our society and you’ll find legal reasons to have it for your car and home. On top of that, you’re likely being strongly encouraged to also insure your life, especially if you’re the breadwinner in your family. However, just like there are all kinds of insurance, there are many players in this industry, from banks, private insurance companies, brokers, and more.

Navigating this complicated web of legal documents and insurance policies is not for the weak of heart. That’s why we have put together a “toolbox” which should not just help get you out in one piece, but ultimately satisfied with the results.

List of Insurable Assets

The most popular kinds of insurance are auto and house, however, you might have more assets to insure like your business or a vacation property.  Even if you don’t own your own home, look into tenants’ insurance to protect all your belongings inside the space you are renting. Many insurance companies can offer you a better “bundle” rate than when you spread your insurable assets throughout several companies and policies. When asking for a quote, ask for their rates for the separate assets and then having them bundled together. Don’t be afraid to put in counter offers- remember, it’s a big market and you’re bringing them your business.

Details of Assets

If you want an accurate quote quickly, you’re going to need to have all the details on hand. From information about your property, including value, size, property size, age, condition of the roof, closest fire station, what kind of boiler you have, etc., to information on your car’s model, make, age, accident history, and more. The better prepared you are to give this kind of information, the quicker you will be able to get a quote and eventually choose a service. If possible, call ahead and ask for the list of questions that you will be required to answer so that you can gather the information beforehand and be ready for the questionnaire, whether it’s done in person, over the phone, or over the internet.

An Insurance Broker

Rather than calling every insurance company and filling each of them in with your details, when you go to a broker, he or she can compare many policies at once from a range of companies. You’ll have insurance brokers who work for you, not the insurance company, to provide expert, unbiased advice. A well-connected broker might even be able to get you better rates for the same policy in the same company than if you just called them directly. So, you don’t just drastically cut down your research time, you also usually get a much better rate then if you approached insurance companies yourself.

List of Discount Reasons

So apart from bundling your insurance policies for a better rate, look for more reasons for which you could score a discount. Make a list of possible attributes from being an alumnus of a university, member of the Chamber of Commerce, being employed by a certain company, to being a professional in a well-regarded industry. Never be afraid to ask, “is that the best you can do?” or ask if there are discounts for any of the previously mentioned reasons.

Insurance shopping doesn’t have to be that complicated. If you are prepared for the “hunt”, your insurance broker will be able to quickly put together a number of quotes from different companies. Use your toolbox wisely, and you’ll construct a policy and rate that you can live with.

How to Lose Weight Without Losing Money

You don’t have to stretch your imagination to understand why people think that transitioning into a lifestyle which promotes weight loss comes with a price tag. We are bombarded with advertisements from “magic supplements”, online exercise programs, and gyms looking to fill their capacity. Stores feature expensive products which are natural, organic, promote weight loss, or “healthy” options, making the rest of the store look much more affordable by comparison.

However, committing yourself to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean looking for a higher paying job to cover new expenses. There are plenty of ways to lose weight without losing money, and in some cases, you will find that you are cutting costs.

  1. Determine the Root Causes

There’s always more to the weight gain story than, “I got hungry”. Long-term weight loss success comes from identifying the root cause beneath the lifestyle choices that lead to weight gain, whether it’s stress, loneliness, boredom, lack of knowledge, or lifestyle. Determining this doesn’t need to be expensive, and you might be able to pin the problem right away. However, if you need more coaching and lessons in mindfulness and meditation, sign up for a few sessions, and go from there.

  1. Stop Eating Out

Everyone eats out for different reasons, whether for social interaction, exposure to new cuisines, entertainment, convenience, or need. However, by cutting down the number of times you eat out in a month, you won’t just be pocketing the savings, you’ll be cutting down the calories ingested as well. At first you might be surprised by the increase in your grocery bill, but remember that you are feeding yourself and your family and providing them with healthier, portioned meals at least three times a day. It won’t take long for you to see the savings, and your waistline will start shrinking without any extra effort. You have full control of what ingredients go into your meals, how much sugar, fat, and salt is used, and how big the resulting portions will be. It might be difficult at first, but you’ll start enjoying and even taking pride in your creations sooner than you think.

  1. Always be Prepared

Adopt the Boy Scouts’ motto for your own and always “be prepared”. Many times we find ourselves betraying our new lifestyle because a meeting ran late, you missed the train home, or you didn’t pack enough food for your meal. Now you’re hungry, cranky, and the only options you have come from a food court or a vending machine. Not only are the options usually full of sugars, fats, chemicals, and other junk, but also expensive. You are paying for the convenience of the food or drink being in close proximity when you need it, and now you are being suckered into paying 2 or 3 times its value. To protect yourself from such situations, always have a few healthy options on you at all times, like a natural granola bar, a Ziploc of raw nuts or some dried fruit. You won’t be ruining all your efforts and you will have full control over how much you spend.

  1. Start Moving

Weight loss involves a positive change to your mindset, your diet, as well as your level of physical activity. If you are on a tight budget and can’t commit to fitness classes or afford gym fees, find ways to be active for free. Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator, speed walk around the park at lunch, cycle to work, or incorporate a morning jog into your routine. Getting your heart pumping and your muscles moving doesn’t have to be expensive or even cost anything at all. Challenge yourself to find ways to incorporate physical activity into your day, whether it means walking your elderly neighbor’s dog in the morning, meeting your friend for a cycle on a local trail instead of for drinks, or trying the free yoga lessons in the park as you return from work.

Losing weight doesn’t mean you have to rework your budget to accommodate for your new lifestyle. Start your own healthy revolution today without upsetting your finances. Who knows? It might even save you a few dollars every month!

Top 5 Tips for Buying the Right Boat for summer

Summer is fast approaching and with it the urge to get out on the water, whether that water happens to be a lake, river or the ocean, and take advantage of all that mother nature has to offer.

The best way to do that is with a boat, if your budget can afford it, and today’s blog will help you to do just that and purchase a boat that fits your budget. Enjoy.

1) Your very first task should be to visit a large boat show. Boat shows are truly the best place to see a large number of different types and styles of boats, as well as different sizes, so that you can see all of the different prices, options and so forth. Having all of this information will allow you to make a much better decision on which boat/engine combination to purchase. A boat show is also an excellent place to meet lots of boating experts who can guide you in your decision.

2) Take your time. A boat is a large and expensive purchase and something you will likely have for many years. If you take care of it well, you may also be able to pass it onto your children. Point being, take your time making a decision on what type of boat to purchase so that you’re satisfied with that decision for the next few years (at least).

3) If you’re new to boating, definitely look into taking a boating safety course. The simple fact is this; while it might steer like a car, a boat handles much differently than an automobile and, if you don’t know how to handle it correctly, you could easily cause an accident or worse.

4) Keep in mind that their are a lot of additional costs when it comes to owning a boat. If you don’t have somewhere to keep it, you will need to either rent a space in a storage lot or a “slip” at a marina, both of which are relatively expensive monthly costs. Also, if you purchase gasoline from a marina, you can expect the price to be at least 30% higher than at your local gas station. Boating accessories like water skis, fishing rods, life jackets and so forth also will add to the cost, sometimes significantly.

5) If possible, take a test drive. Referring back to #2, a boat is something you will hold onto for many years. That’s why, whenever possible, you should definitely take it out for a test drive to make sure that you like the way it handles before you make your purchase decision.

And there you have them, 5 excellent tips that should help you to make the right decision when on a new boat. We wish you happy and safe boating!

Ways To Save on Gas and Drive More Fuel Efficiently

It is essential that every motorist strive to
obtain the best possible fuel economy. Reducing fuel consumption puts more cash
into your pocket and curbs the amount of environmental pollution. Although electric
cars are an option, their limited driving range presents a challenge for some
drivers. Luckily, most car owners can improve their gas mileage by making a few
changes. Here are some ways to save on gas and drive more efficiently.

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Keep the vehicle properly maintained.
The upkeep of a vehicle has a direct impact on its fuel consumption. If the spark plugs are beginning to wear down, the combustion of the fuel will not be as efficient. A worn oxygen sensor can also cause a vehicle’s gas mileage to plummet.

Reduce your traveling speed.
Gas mileage tends to decline when traveling at speeds in excess of 55 miles-per-hour. Lowering your average highway speed from 70 mph to 60 mph can improve gas mileage by up to 15 percent.

Maintain the optimal tire pressure.
Each day, thousands of motorists will hit the road on a set of under-inflated tires. The increased friction against the pavement forces the engine to expend more energy. Always remember to check the tire pressure while the tires are cold.

Easy acceleration.
Many drivers unnecessarily punch the gas pedal upon accelerating. If the tachometer gauge rises past 3000 rpm, this is a good indication that too much pressure is being applied to the accelerator. When accelerating, try to keep the engine speed between 2500-3000 rpm on the tachometer.

Learn to coast.
Instead of racing from one stop light to the next, allow the vehicle to coast to a stop. This task can be accomplished by simply releasing your foot off the accelerator. The momentum will enable the vehicle to roll without using any fuel. The key is to always be looking ahead for slowing traffic.

Consider public transportation and walking.
Although there is nothing wrong with owning a fuel efficient Toyota Corolla, try to limit the use of your vehicle as much as possible. If your destination is not within walking or biking distance, feel free to take advantage of the public transportation system. Public transportation is very affordable. When taking the train or bus, the risk of being involved in a traffic accident also declines.

 

Fuel Saving Tips and Myths

Since gas prices don’t appear like they’re going to drop any time in the near future, we’ve put together another list of fuel saving tips as well as a list of fuel saving myths, both of which should help you to make better choices and save money when filling up your tank. Enjoy.

Fuel savings tips:

  • Make sure to close your gas cap correctly. Nearly 20% of all vehicles on the road have gas caps that are damaged, not closed correctly or even completely missing. This results in a whopping 147 MILLION gallons of gas lost to vaporization every single year. On a personal level, gas cap problems result in a two mpg reduction in your car’s fuel  efficiency, so make sure they are on and working correctly.
  • Use the lowest fill setting when filling your tank. In many cases, because the gasoline is rushing in too quickly, backsplash or overfilling happens and the result is lost gasoline.
  • Don’t top off your car’s fuel tank. Simply put, once the fuel pump clicks off your tank is filled. Filling it up further to round out the dollar amount could cause your gasoline to spill out when it warms up as well as saturating your emission system with fuel.
  • Inflate your tires correctly. Underinflated tires can waste up to 3% of your gasoline. Make sure you check your tires on a regular basis.
  • Use the correct type of tire. If, for example, you have mud and snow tires on your car to get you through the winter, you should definitely remove them once the winter weather has ended as the wider tires will generally reduce your gas mileage.
  • Check and change worn spark plugs often. A dirty spark plug or one that is badly worn will cause your car to misfire and waste fuel. Every time you get your oil changed you should have the service technicians check your spark plugs to make sure that they are clean and firing correctly.
  • Maintain your air filter. Just like worn spark plugs, a dirty or clogged air filter will inhibit air from getting to your engine and waste fuel as well as reduce engine power. Simply replacing a clogged air filter has been shown to improve a car’s MPG by nearly 10%. One thing to keep in mind however is that newer vehicles with fuel injection that is computer-controlled will have sensors to automatically adjust for the amount of air that’s reaching the engine.
  • Make sure your oxygen sensor is functioning correctly. If it’s worn or not operating, you may well see a decrease in nearly 3 miles for every gallon of gas you use.
  • Change your motor oil regularly and use the best for your type of driving. Your automobile technician will be able to help you with knowing the proper oil to use but, suffice to say, changing your oil regularly is very important if you want to save money on gas.

Fuel saving myths to ignore and avoid.

1.      Myth. It’s best to fill up your car in the morning, especially during hot weather. The fact is, since most gasoline is kept in large, underground tanks its temperature is fairly constant as well as its expansion. Filling up in the morning, afternoon or evening will not affect the amount of gasoline that you get.

2.      Myth. High octane fuel will always provide better MPG. The fact on this one is simple; today’s modern vehicles allow their engines to run on octane levels that are lower than premium without any harm to the car’s engine or reduction in mileage. Unless you have a high-end sports car or luxury car, regular gas is just fine and will save you up to 30% off of the cost of premium.

3.      Myth. All gas from all gas stations is exactly the same. In most cases this would be a true statement except for a type of fuel called ‘slop’. Slop is a combination of different fuel types that’s created after fuel is transported in the same pipeline, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and more. It’s considered a much lower grade of fuel and sold to discount gas stations. If you purchase premium from these stations you’re getting nothing of the sort and even regular might not be as good as the regular at a name brand station.

4.      Myth. Fuel additives can improve your car’s fuel economy. While these additives, including octane boosters, fuel line antifreeze and others, may indeed improve your vehicle’s performance, there are no studies,  whether performed independently or by the EPA, that have ever shown them to improve fuel economy.

We hope that these tips and myths about fuel economy will help you to save a few bucks the next time you fill up. If you have any questions about fuel economy, personal finances or other financial topics, please let us know and we’ll get back to you with options and answers.

What’s the deal with fuel efficient, low rolling resistance tires anyway?

Fuel-efficient tires aren’t new to the market to be sure but, as far as being able to purchase them at your local tire shop, they are definitely something new. The reason that they are new to tire shops is easy to explain as well as rather interesting; while automobile manufacturers have long been installing fuel-efficient tires on their new cars, replacing those tires when they are worn out with the same fuel-efficient tires hasn’t been possible until recently because tire shops simply didn’t sell them.  Anyone looking to purchase the same, exact tires that came stock with their automobile were out of luck and forced to purchase tires that, while okay, certainly weren’t as good as the tires that came stock.

That’s recently changed however as tire manufacturers have realized that, in order to increase their gas mileage, consumers all over the country have  become keenly interested in purchasing fuel-efficient tires in order to reduce their gas consumption as much as possible.  That realization caused tire manufacturers to start offering low rolling resistance tires in tire shops all across the country.

A fuel-efficient tire is simply a tire that has the aforementioned low rolling resistance, a forced that can be measured at the car’s axle in the direction that the car’s traveling. The less force that tire requires to roll forward the better, and fuel-efficient tires basically have much lower rolling resistance than many of the tires previously found in tire shops. Low resistance tires have been designed using powerful programs that have given them new types of tread design and they’re being made with newer materials that help your automobile to minimize the amount of energy that it needs to move itself forward, thus lowering the amount of gas your automobile uses.

Fuel-efficient tires will definitely cost you a little bit more than standard tires but, when you consider that they can reduce the amount of gasoline that your car needs by up to 10%, the savings alone could add up to enough that it pays for the extra cost of the better tires. Since the average set of tires will last about three years, that’s at least a full two years benefit that you get from the tires once they have been paid off.

A recent report released by the National Research Council showed that, by reducing rolling resistance by 10%, you could increase a car’s fuel economy by 1.5% during city driving and just over 2% while driving on the highway. Depending on how much you drive that could actually mean a substantial yearly savings on gasoline.

To take advantage of these gas improving facts, tire manufacturers like Cooper, Michelin, Goodyear and Continental all are now offering low rolling resistance tires in tire shops far and wide. While the savings in gasoline might not be tremendous, if you combine low rolling resistance tires with hypermiling techniques, a smaller, more fuel-efficient automobile and less frequent use of your auto, the overall savings could be substantial.

So, if your car’s tires are in need of replacement and you’re keen on keeping your cost at the gas pump as low as possible, purchasing low rolling resistance tires to replace your old, worn-out tires is certainly a great idea if you have questions about increasing your car’s fuel economy or you’d like to leave a comment about this blog, please do and we promise we’ll respond to it ASAP.

Summer Gas Saving Tips Part 3

Welcome back for the third and final part of our 3-part blog series on summer gas saving tips. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the series so far and that some of the tips that we have brought you have already started helping you to increase your MPG, lower that sting at the pump and have a great first week of summer. So without further prattling, here’s part 3. Enjoy

Before you pack up the car and the kids to go to a specific stop, shop, business or restaurant, make sure that you know the hours that they’re open. There are few things worse than making a long drive crammed in the car with a bunch of excited kids only to find out that it’s closed when you arrive. (Trust us, we know.) Do yourself a favor and call ahead to wherever it is that you want to go and save yourself a lot of gas and a big headache.

Most newer smart phones have a GPS navigation system built-in, something that you should definitely use if you’re going somewhere for the first time or somewhere off the beaten path. If you don’t have a GPS system, make sure that you either have directions that are well written or a map of your destination. Remember how we said that getting somewhere and it being closed was the worst thing that could happen? Going somewhere and getting lost four hours (or days!) along the way is almost as bad.

If you’re going to be making a large purchase, like a new car, appliance, furniture and so forth, do as much research online as you can before getting in the car. You may very well find the best price ahead of time and only have to go to one store or one dealership rather than several, saving time and gas in the process. Even better, there are several apps available that will tell you exactly where the best price to be found on your particular item is located. In many cases, it may be through an online retailer, eliminating the need to use your car at all.

Many of your local businesses have inexpensive or free delivery services. When possible, you can let them do the driving while you relax at home, saving wear and tear on your car and gasoline at the same time

Unless you have to be somewhere at a specific time, try to avoid driving during peak hours, when the chances that you will get stuck in traffic are much greater. This will save you gas and also a lot of frustration.

If you have several errands that you need to do, or several places to bring the kids, try and do them all in one big trip rather than making several smaller trips. If you’re going to do this, think about where you need to go ahead of time so that you can also plan out the best, shortest route.

Since the kids are out of school and have tons of pent-up energy, if you have biking trails or safe biking routes in your town it’s definitely the time to use them. If it’s safe for you to accompany your children on bicycles to local stores and shops even better.

If the only car that you have is a large SUV or truck you may wish to consider renting a smaller vehicle if you’re going on a long trip. Unless you actually need the space, a smaller car will almost always get better gas mileage and may even save you enough to actually pay for the cost of the rental car itself.

Carpooling is one of the oldest money-saving tips there is but here’s a new take on it; moms carpooling with the kids. If, for example, you and your neighbor were both planning on going to the local water park, you could drive together, have a nice conversation along the way and save a little bit of gas in the process.

Unless you are using them almost every day, get rid of any bicycle racks or luggage racks that you have on the roof and even on the trunk of your vehicle. These can cause a tremendous amount of extra drag and actually decrease mileage by up to 5%.

In some areas of the country where there is a lot of snow, people place bricks or bags of sand in their cars for better traction. Well, it’s summer now, so get rid of that extra weight as well as any other stuff that you have in your car. The lighter your car ways, the less gas that will use, it’s just that simple.

When starting your car, especially in the summer when it’s hot, make sure that all of your electric devices are turned off, like the radio, air-conditioning, cell phones and so forth. This puts less of a strain on your engine and thus causes it to use less gas.

While the joy of having a sunroof or a rag top are great, realize that having either one open is going to cause a lot more drag and use more gasoline.

With that we’d like to wish everyone a happy summer and safe driving. We hope that these tips have been useful and that will save you lots of money, headaches and of course gasoline all summer long. Make sure to come back and visit us again soon for more tips, advice and ideas about all subjects financial. See you then.

Summer Gas Saving Tips Part 2

Hello and welcome back for part 2 of our 3-part gas saving tips blog series. Many of the tips that we talked about in part 1 should already have helped you to save a little bit of money on gas, increase your MPG and get your car into tiptop shape for all the summer driving to come. We hope that you found some of them useful and that you will find some of these next tips useful as well. Enjoy.

Avoid overusing your brakes at stops. This ‘hard stopping’ not only wears down your breaks faster but also means that you’re using more gas than necessary when instead you should be using your car’s forward momentum. You’ve already used gas getting your car up to speed and, especially when you’re in stop and go traffic, let the force that you’ve already paid for move your car along rather than giving more gas and hitting the brakes more often.

Many people have a bad habit of using their left foot to ride the brake pedal, especially when they are in stop and go traffic. Like the tip above, riding your brakes is extremely damaging, a waste of gas and actually a dangerous way to drive. At driving schools everywhere they teach people to only use their right foot when driving. The reason; it safer.

Not paying attention to the road is not only dangerous but, because most people will tend to weave more, they’re using more gas. These days everyone is being told not to text, not to talk on the phone (not to do their nails) and other activities while driving because it’s dangerous. Knowing that it will also cost you more gas, you have more reasons than ever to pay attention when you’re on the road.

The tendency to accelerate when going up a hill is very common but it also uses quite a bit more gas. The best way to get over a hill, unless it’s extremely steep, is to build up speed as you approach it, maintain your speed on the way up and then save even more gas by coasting on the way down.

If you live in a major metropolitan area, and the majority do, make a habit of checking local traffic reports either before you leave or while you’re on the road. This will allow you to change your route (or change your plans) so that you don’t have to sit in traffic hours, wasting time and gasoline.

Here’s one that you might have heard before. (And if you haven’t, turning your driver’s license right now!) Accelerate from a stop at a moderate and even pace. In other words, jackrabbit starts are a no-no. Be aware that accelerating too slowly can be a problem as well because your engine is in a lower gear and using more gasoline to push your car forward.

When driving around town, try and stay below 40 mph as, above this speed, the amount of wind resistance that your car will be facing increases tremendously and, when that happens, your MPG decreases. In most metro areas, unless you’re on the highway, driving 40 on a major road should be fine.

If you’re going to be making a stop for more than 30 seconds, turn off your car completely. This has two benefits; you’ll save gas and save the planet. We can’t think of two reasons any better than those.

If you’re driving about 45 mph you should definitely close the windows completely, or open them only slightly because the extra drag this causes can reduce your mileage by over 10%. Depending on where you live and the type of weather that you get, using the air-conditioning may actually be more economical than leaving the windows down.

Using your cruise control as often as possible is an excellent way to reduce your car’s gas consumption and also reduce the amount of traffic tickets that you get. A great habit is to simply accelerate up to the posted speed limit and, at 1 or 2 mph over it, set your cruise control. Your car is much better equipped than you to drive at a stable speed and save you money and you’ll eliminate the chance that ‘Papa Bear’ will jump out of the woods with an expensive speeding ticket. (Darn bears.)

We hope that you agree that those are some excellent tips. Most of them you can start using right away and start saving right away as well. Make sure to come back and join us for part three very soon. See you then.

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