As we have all noticed, gas prices are modulating. If you really look, you can find gas at around $4 per gallon. This price drop will probably be temporary. Nevertheless, even at reduced rates, it still hurts to pay $60 or $80 or $100 to fill up your tank. In several previous posts, we’ve seen ways to make the gas we do buy go further. First, there was How To Save Money on Gas and then More Ideas To Save Gas. Those ideas were, of course, good [if I do say so myself], and, in following them myself, the lead foot I was born with has lightened up considerably. But, I now realize we Americans have a lot to learn about how to save gas.
Recently, I ran across a compilation of tips prepared by Europeans who, as we are slowly becoming aware, have been paying big bucks for gas for years. In France, the price is around $7 and in Germany around $9. The extra is due to taxes, a social choice we are not prepared to make. Even the Europeans are having trouble sticking it as the recent huge truck strikes across the U.K. and in France have demonstrated.
Whether gas becomes a bit cheaper or a bit more expensive, most of us have figured out that we do have to change our profligate ways. Even if we can afford the gas at $4 or $5 a gallon, we now realize our planet cannot.
Here are few of the tips, the Europeans have implemented that we might learn from as well:
1. Remove unused roof racks to reduce aerodynamic drag
2. Track your fuel consumption
3. Choose a route with trees or buildings along the edge to prevent crosswinds
4. Avoid drive-through windows, which lead to excessive idling
5. Drive shoeless to modulate the accelerator to the finest degree
6. Avoid “warm-up” idling — it wastes fuel
7. Avoid peak traffic times
8. Minimize your use of the brake pedal as much as safely possible
9. Avoid parallel parking (which causes you to do multiple reverse/forward maneuvers)
10. Shift automatic transmissions to neutral when stopped
Intrigued? Check out 90 more tips at Ecomodder! Have fun learning the tricks of the hypermilers some of whom can get a 100 miles to the gallon in an ordinary Honda.