Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 17, 2012
One method to reduce high gas prices is to car-pool. Think about how echo-friendly it is not having as many cars traveling the road. Car-pooling provides some advantages such as using the HOV lane which can help by reducing traffic. Traveling alone either restricts or penalizes motorists when driving through HOV lanes. By traveling with others, the HOV lane is open for use, and if there is a fee to use the HOV lane it may be waived. It is clear that car-pooling helps the environment and saves gas. In some instances, driving a personal vehicle less on the road could also reduce the cost of insurance.
Why not attempt to use public transportation? Buses and trains are often under-utilized transportation resources in the city. Most large cities in the U.S have some sort of major public transportation and to access bus, subway or train schedules simply visit the city’s website.
Houston, TX has the 4th largest population in the US and traffic is congested on all major highways leading into Downtown Houston during the workday. Metro, the public transportation company, has setup Park and Ride in the suburbs of Houston to ease travelers that are willing to use this service. Park and Ride is simply a bus station that operates just outside the city limits and transports motorists to the city. Additionally, Metro can also use the HOV lanes which transit to Downtown Houston.
It’s important to reduce the amount of time spent driving. Combine trips and compare traffic patterns to determine the most efficient course. Plan trips according to the best travel time by watching or hearing traffic news. Most all television and radio stations have traffic reports in the morning and evening. Listen to their reports before traveling. Also, try to combine trips into one or plan trips with neighbors. Again, sharing trips with someone else instantly splits the cost in half.
Properly maintain the maintenance of a vehicle. A simple way to get better gas mileage is to inflate the vehicle’s tires to the highest pressure recommended by the manufacture and make sure the wheels are properly aligned. Not having tires properly inflated can not only reduce fuel efficiency, but it will also reduce the lifetime of tires. Also, change the motor oil on a vehicle when it is recommended by the manufacturer. The technology on vehicles today is great because the vehicle alerts the driver when it is necessary to change the oil. It is not always necessary to perform an oil change at 3000 miles. Reading or contacting the manufacturer can save drivers a lot of money at the pump or in maintenance.
Throw out the junk in the trunk. Trunks are generally filled with useless miscellaneous items. Clearing out all unnecessary weight can reduce the strain on the vehicle’s motor and increase gas mileage. When an employee of Comedy Driving, Inc. was asked what contents were in his trunk he stated, “I have a spare tire and some skate boards. But the spare tire does not have a rim on it so I wouldn’t be able to use it if I get a flat.” The fact is, if an item is not needed, remove it from the vehicle. If it serves a purpose, such as a spare tire, make sure it is in working condition.
Search for the lowest gas price. There are a variety of smartphone apps that provide details on the best local gas prices. Don’t waste time driving around looking for the lowest price. Also, use the recommended fuel by the manufacturer. If the vehicle does not require high octane fuel then stay away from it. Using a different type of fuel than what is recommended by the manufacturer could have negative long term damage on a vehicle. In the short term, it is going to cost more filling up a vehicle when using a higher octane fuel.
At the same time, slow down, a vehicle’s engine requires more fuel to operate at high velocities. If the vehicle has cruise control, using it during highway driving will help to maintain a steadier speed, which will save fuel. Also, avoid sudden changes in speed; this goes for starting and stopping. For example, taking off at an accelerated speed will use up more gas than accelerating at a slower speed.
Ever think about Relocating? Sometimes living far away from a necessary destination can be costly in travel expenses and time. Why not relocate to an area where most time is spent. Also, use relocating to an advantage, walk or bike to destinations that are relatively close, the exercise will be a welcome bonus. Bikes and footsteps require no gas and derive no pollution. Living inside the city limits has many perks, use the advantages it provides.
Apply these simple yet useful techniques to everyday life to help with the rising cost of fuel. Summer is right around the corner and if the trend is similar to other years, gas prices will rise.