Commuting via car is one thing that many people all over American do every day or at least five days a week. Commuting can be frustrating, hectic, and above all else, un-eco-friendly. Think about it. You’re burning fuel in a variety of ways, whether your commute is a few miles or much longer. But you can go green with your daily commute through these easy tips.
Slower is Better
We’ve all heard the story that by going slower you’re burning less gas. The truth is that it’s 100 percent true. When you drive slower, your car burns more efficiently. Although none of us are willing to drive below the speed limit under normal conditions (including smoothly moving traffic), but it’s good to stay around the speed limit instead. If the limit is 55 mph, drive between 55-60 mph. If you’re driving 70 or so, your car will get worse gas mileage. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised with how much gas you save.
Carpooling Saves Gas and Money
One thing that you’ll notice about your weekday commute is that numerous people drive a medium or large size car by themselves to work. Carpooling is a great alternative to saving money and gas. Even if you carpool to work with one other person, you can still reap the benefits of carpooling. As an extra tip, make sure you carpool with people that live near you and not across town, by going through traffic across town to pick someone up you can actually use up more gas and money.
Avoid Stop and Go Traffic
Even though driving slower is better when it comes to gas efficiency, stop and go traffic burns up a lot of gas in a short amount of time. This is because you’re constantly pumping and then stopping gas from getting into the engine. This easily wastes gas. As an alternative, try to find routes that are smoother. Sometimes longer routes can move faster and you’ll actually burn less gas by driving a few more miles. Additionally, leaving at earlier times and avoiding rush hour can help as well and you’ll even impress your boss by getting to work a bit early as well!
Turn Your Car Off
If it’s one thing that nearly everyone hates it’s waiting for freight trains that are practically standing still during long commutes. However, even if you’re standing still or creeping forward in your car, idling wastes gas too. So the next time you’re waiting for a long train, turn your car off. You’ll easily find that you’ll save gas in the long run, especially if you commute through areas with a lot of trains and long intersection lights.
Windows over AC
If you live in states that are sweltering during the summer months, you know what air conditioning is a must. However, you shouldn’t turn on your air conditioning unless you absolutely need to, this means avoiding AC when it’s in the 60s and 70s. By saving your AC for hotter temperatures, you’ll find that you can easily save gas and money, thus greening your commute by simply keeping the AC dial low or off. If it’s still a bit too warm for you, all you need to do is keep the AC on low and the temperature dial a little higher than freezing cold.