Then we end up over-braking or even sitting right behind someone on the highway even though we know it is dangerous.
Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) August 5, 2008
Hale Dwoskin, featured teacher in the blockbuster book and film "The Secret" and author of The New York Times bestseller The Sedona Method, has revealed the five emotional steps to save money on gas. Saving money on gas is at the top of everyone's minds right now, not only in the United States, where gas is on its way to $5 a gallon, but in Europe and elsewhere were gas can be as high as $10 a gallon.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that 11 billion fewer miles were driven from March 2007 to March 2008 -- its largest decrease in driving ever. But what if there were ways to save money on gas without drastically cutting back on driving? There are, and they have to do with emotions!
"We are often emotional drivers. If we have had a rough day or we are feeling out of control in our life we often will take it out on our cars by hitting the accelerator or rushing to make a light that we know we cannot," says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. "Then we end up over-braking or even sitting right behind someone on the highway even though we know it is dangerous."
Driving aggressively -- speeding, braking hard, flooring the accelerator -- is one of the biggest fuel wasters there is. In fact, just by accelerating slowly and stopping gradually Edmunds.com says people can cut gas usage by 35 percent. The problem is that most people let emotions get the better of them -- and their driving. This includes getting in the car even when it would be easier to walk. Rather than anger, driving unnecessarily is often the result of habit or laziness.
"No matter what the cause of your emotional driving habits they can be easily changed if you welcome the behavior and how you feel about it then let go of the motivating feelings," Dwoskin says. "Once the feeling motivators are released you will enjoy driving more in ways that are best for you, your car and your wallet."
With that in mind, here are the top emotional steps to save money on gas:
1) Remember, it's not a competition. Let go of the feeling that we must stay ahead of traffic or beat someone to the light.
2) It's OK to drive the speed limit. Many people tie their egos to how fast they can drive. Release this feeling using The Sedona Method, and accept the fact that driving the speed limit is not only safer, it's cheaper (for every 5 mph people drive above 55, they can lose up to 10 percent of fuel economy, according to experts).
3) Sometimes it's better to walk. Or take a bike. Stop resisting alternative methods of transportation and instead embrace the simplicity of walking to the store or bus stop.
4) Driving is not a good outlet for anger. If someone is upset, they should step away from the vehicle. Do some releasing, let go of the anger, then try it again. Not only will people surely drive aggressively when angry, wasting fuel, but they could end up getting in an accident.
5) Remember the objective -- trying to save money on fuel. So let go of old fuel-wasting habits. Focus instead on fuel-friendly techniques like using cruise control when going over 70 mph, avoiding routes with big hills and staying out of stop-and-go traffic.
The Sedona Method is a world-renowned program that can help people "let go" of negative, self-sabotaging habits that cost them greater happiness and money.
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For more insights on the topic of releasing, Hale Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of "The Sedona Method", featured expert in the film and New York Times bestseller "The Secret," and CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, is available for interviews.
Sedona Training Associates is an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by Hale Dwoskin's mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker and featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute. For over a quarter century, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit http://www.Sedona.com.