Book Review: "Beat High Gas Prices Now!"

Our poll on driving habits revealed that many of us are in a hurry to get where we're going. Unfortunately for us speedy TreeHuggers, exceeding the speed limit is not a hallmark of eco-driving, nor is it a wise way to save money on gas. In "Beat High Gas Prices Now!" environmental lifestyle expert Diane MacEachern provides us with a whole host of tips on saving money and limiting the impact of our driving on the planet. The guide is written in a pithy, positive voice that, unlike many environmental missives, is free of guilt inducing language about the evils of driving and fossil fuel addiction. That isn't to say that Ms. MacEachern doesn't address the ecological consequences of cars, but she does so in a way that will make sense to drivers unused to considering the environmental implications of their everyday choices. She even slips in a simple but compelling chapter on the foolishness of drilling in the arctic. Read on to take a look at the book's Top 10 Ways to Beat High Gas Prices…1. Drive smart.
Avoid quick starts and stops, use cruise control on the highway, and don't idle.

2. Drive the speed limit.
Remember that every 5 mph you drive above 60 mph is like paying an additional 10 cents per gallon for gas.

3. Drive less.
Walk, bicycle, use a scooter or a moped, combine trips, and telecommute.

4. Drive a more fuel-efficient car.
Consider one of the new hybrids; at the very least, choose from among the Environmental Protection Agency's "Fuel Economy Leaders" in the class vehicle you are considering.

5. Keep your engine tuned up.
Improve gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent by maintaining your vehicle in top condition.

6. Carpool.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 32 million gallons of gasoline would be saved each day if every car carried just one more passenger on its daily commute.

7. Use mass transit and "Ride Share" programs.
Why pay for gasoline at all?

8. Keep tires properly inflated.
Improve mileage by about 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Replace worn tires with the same make and model as the originals.

9. Buy the cheapest gas you can find.
Buy gas in the morning, from wholesale shopper's clubs, and using gasoline rebate cards. Track neighborhood prices on gasbuddy.com and gaspricewatch.com.

10. Support higher congressionally mandated standards and the development of alternative fuels.
Ultimately, our best hope for beating the gas crisis is to increase fuel efficiency while we transition to renewable and nonpetroleum-based fuels. Endorse efforts to boost average fuel efficiency to at least 40 mph. Support programs that promote research and development of alternatives to transportation systems based on oil.

To get more handy tips on eco-living check out The World Women Want, Diane MacEachern's fantastic site for women.

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