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A Few Tips to Save at the Pump

March 22, 2011
at 5:25 pm PST

As gas prices skyrocket, reaching highs we haven’t seen in years, we’re once again reminded of a concept we sometimes take for granted – conservation. Conserving gas is beneficial to both the environment and your wallet. Ever wonder how much your daily commute really costs? Find out using these simple tools. You can see how much money you’re spending with the Commuter Calculator and calculate your carbon footprint with the Carbon Calculator. While we’ve written several posts highlighting the benefits of telepresence to reduce gas consumption, we wanted to take this opportunity to offer up a few other helpful tips to reduce your spending on gas.

Pump up your tires – Keeping your tires inflated to the specified level reduces the contact area of your tire to the road and therefore reduces the friction, giving you better gas mileage.

Pick a better route – Pick the shorter and straighter route, avoiding heavy traffic and traffic lights when possible.

Use the right oil – Improve gas mileage by 1-2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.

Observe the speed limit – Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60mph.  You can assume that each 5mph you drive over 60mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon of gas.

To AC or not to AC? Opening windows increases turbulences and costs you fuel, but so does using the air conditioning.  It’s best to use AC at higher speeds and windows when driving around town.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you about the vast benefits of telepresence, including improved work-life balance and group collaboration and, of course, reduced travel costs. But when you must drive, be sure to follow these helpful tips and save some money at the pump. Do you have any other gas-saving tips? Share them with us!

(info from Fuel Economy, Bankrate.com, howtoadvice.com, and Open Travel Info)

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