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.
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.
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.
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