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Drive Less! Use Transit, Bicycle and Walk, and Reduce Travel.
Avoid short trips. With multiple stops, go to your farthest destination
first to warm up your engine more quickly for better fuel economy. Follow
the lead of an increasing number of Massachusetts citizens and take the
subway, commuter rail, bus, carpools and vanpools (see MassRIDES, at
employer-sponsored transportation programs to save money and to network with
colleagues. Use passenger ferries; bicycle and walk. Arrange for
telecommuting and live closer to work when feasible.
Drive the Posted Speed Limit or the Minimum Allowed
Vehicle fuel consumption increases about 5% for every 5 miles per hour (mph)
driven above 60 mph. Overall savings in fuel costs from slower driving can
range from 7% to 23%.
Avoid Rapid Starts & Stops and Maintain a Constant Speed
Jack rabbit starts and hard stops can increase fuel use by up to 40% but
reduce travel time by only 4%. Accelerate gradually. Coast up to stops where
not prohibited. Conserve momentum; a steady speed often helps avoid red
lights and keeps cars moving more efficiently. Drive sensibly; you can save
5% to 33% in city driving costs. The MassPike FAST LANE transponder will let
you sail through road, tunnel, and bridge toll plazas in 12 Eastern states.
HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes save time and fuel. Drive I-93 HOV lanes
north and south of downtown Boston with two or more people in your vehicle.
Idling gets ZERO mpg. Do not idle or race your engine to warm up the engine;
it will warm up more quickly when you are driving. If you need to idle,
shift to neutral, so the engine is not working against your brake and
consuming more fuel.
Lighten Your Load
Remove unnecessary items from your vehicle. Every extra 100 pounds in or on
the vehicle could reduce your mpg by up to 2%. Remove unused roof, ski, and
bike racks, and try not to carry items on your roof or on a trailer; they
increase aerodynamic drag and fuel use.
Keep Your Cool; Its a Breeze
Roll down windows and use the flow through air vents when first getting into
a hot car and generally when driving under 40 mph. Above 40 mph, air
conditioning is more fuel efficient than open windows; use the recycle
inside air feature, that reuses the cooled air inside the car and so doesnt
take as much gas to run. Try to park in the shade or use a window heat
Use the Highest Gear Possible
Using the highest gear, or Overdrive, on highways if your car has this
feature. This practice requires less power while reducing fuel consumption,
CO2 emissions, and engine wear.
Respect Merging Traffic; Don't Block Intersections
Let vehicles make left turns out of parking lots and side roads and
driveways. When in a stopped line of vehicles, leave space for passage to
and from side streets, and don't get caught in the middle of an intersection
when the traffic light turns red.
Read your Vehicle Owners Manual & Follow the Recommended Maintenance
- Change engine oil with correct grade oil (1-2% mpg benefit)
- Replace clogged air filter (up to 10 % mpg benefit)
- Tune your engine (4% average mpg benefit)
Check Your Tire Pressure Monthly
An estimated 25% of all vehicles are running on under inflated tires. Proper
tire pressure is safer, extends tire life, and can improve mpg by up to 3%.
- Purchase a quality tire pressure gauge for accurate readings, and
- Check tire pressure when tires are cold (not driven for at least 3
hours or for less than 1.5 miles).
Note: Tire pressures change an average of 1 PSI for every 10F change in air
temperature, and can deflate naturally up to 1.5 PSI per month.
Consider Purchasing Fuel-Efficient Tires
Lower rolling resistance tires that can improve mileage now are available.
Tire traction and handling characteristics for your car should be checked
when considering these tires.
Tighten Your Fuel Tank Cap
A loose, damaged, or missing fuel tank cap can cost you as much as 30
gallons of fuel a year. Unsecure or missing fuel caps can also lead to fuel
contamination and engine malfunctions that waste money.
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