Eco Driving

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Eco Driving

Eco Driving - You can practice green techniques while you drive by following these easy tips.

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If you are planning to drive on your next vacation, there are lots of easy eco driving tips that can help you save gas and be more eco friendly at the same time. Keep reading to get a few great tips on eco driving!

Eco Driving - Pack Light:

The more weight you have in your car, the harder it has to work to get where you need to go.

That means more gas usage. Don't pack more than you need and you'll see a savings in gas and you'll be helping the environment all at the same time!

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Eco Driving - Check Your Tire Pressure

Eco Driving - Check Those Tires:

Another great eco driving tip is to check the air pressure in all of your tires.

If your tires are low on air, you'll use more gas, it's a fact. Making sure you have enough air in your tires is as simple as looking at your owner's manual to see how much air you should have and then stopping at your local gas station to add air when needed.

According to the EPA, having the right amount of air in your tires can increase your fuel efficiency by up to 3%.

If your car tires are ready to be replaced, consider using low rolling resistance tires. These tires are harder than a regular tire which means that they'll encounter less friction on the road.

You can see up to a 6% increase in fuel efficiency by making the switch to low rolling resistance tires, but only make the switch when your tires are ready to be replaced anyway.

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Eco Driving - Don't Speed!

Eco Driving - Slow Down:

One of the best eco driving tips is to simply slow down. Not only will you reduce the chance that you'll get a ticket, you'll also save a ton of gas.

Speeding, accelerating, and hard braking can reduce your fuel efficiency by up to 33% and that's HUGE!

When you're on the highway, use your cruise control to stay at the same speed and to conserve as much gas as possible.

Also, try to anticipate stops in advance and slow down by coasting instead of using your brakes. Not only will you save gas, you'll also save your brakes - which is green and saves green too!

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Eco Driving - Rent Fuel Efficient

Eco Driving - Rent Fuel Efficient:

If you are flying to your destination and then renting a car for the remainder of your trip, try to rent the smallest, most fuel efficient car that will meet your needs.

Some rental car companies even offer hybrid vehicles or cars that use alternative fuels.

Similarly, if you own a gas-guzzler, consider renting something smaller and more fuel efficient even if you'll be driving for your entire trip.

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Eco Driving - Consider Mass Transportation

Eco Driving - Consider Mass Transportation:

If you're traveling to a city with mass transportation, such as trains, busses, or subways, consider using them for your needs once you arrive.

It's kind of fun to use a different form of transportation in a strange city and it's a really green thing to do too!

Plus, you'll spend less on mass transportation than you will on gas and parking when driving around a large city, and you won't have to worry about all the navigational nightmares.

We went to Washington D.C. when I was a kid and used subways the entire time we were there and it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Hopefully these eco driving tips will help you on your next trip to save some gas and the environment!