Monday, November 29, 2010

Paying to Learn How to Drive Green?

This is a tough sell here in the the U.S. Especially because once they have earned that license there is no additional learning needed here.
Unless you are required because of your job or your trade to get additional training, learning to drive ends for most people when they get their license.
Yes there are limitations to a license when a sixteen year old first gets their license. But there is not additional formal training required to get the "upgrades". When you reach a certain age, depending on the state you live in, you get the "no limit" driver's license.
People do shell out money for the Defensive Driver Course. But this is usually due to having too many speeding tickets or a person's job requires them to take the course.
In Britain there are driving schools that concentrate on teaching you how to drive green. Yes, people pay to learn how to: not stomp on the gas, use the brakes responsibly and check the air pressure in your car's tires.
Interestingly enough, they actually teach you to drive more economically by paying more attention to the road ahead...far ahead, that is. By gauging the traffic and the upcoming lights you either speed up or slow down accordingly.
Maybe there is more to than just learning to drive to get the most mileage out of your vehicle. There is also the safety aspect in being aware of all traffic ahead. (Don't even think of reaching for your cell phone.)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Driving Responsibly still Best to Save Gas

With so many different fuel additives and oil enhancers out there, I still believe the only way to save gas, as you are driving, is to drive responsibly.

Many of us can not or will not give up the comforts of our mini vans or pickup trucks whether it is because of work or a large family. Neither can we expect people to pay an arm and a leg for one of the newer and more fuel efficient models.  So aside from keeping up on the oil changes, correct tire pressure, and other maintenance pieces we preach about on this blog, one can drive in such a way that it does not waste fuel.

You lead feet out know who you are... taking it easy on the gas and the brakes will save you a couple of miles per gallon. And it is cheaper than the additive you were contemplating.
Driving the proper speed limits also saves in gas...and avoids speeding tickets!
Abusing the brakes not only wears them down, but also forces you to have to apply more gas.

Bottom line. it is cheaper to adjust your driving habits and properly maintain your vehicle's fluids and tire pressure than compensating by adding unknown fluids.

The choice, as always, is yours.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Save Fuel for the Summer Travel Season

Not driving a hybrid or an alternative fuel vehicle, but still want to get the maximum mileage out of your vehicle this summer?
Travel light: remove all those extra pounds you carry in the trunk of your car. Less weight puts less stress on the engine therefore giving you optimal mileage.
Keep the tires at proper pressure: under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance causing the engine having to work harder thus decreasing mileage.
Wash and wax your car: This deceases wind resistance on the body of the vehicle and therefore giving you better mileage.
Reduce A/C Usage: Many upgraded vehicles have automatic temperature control in the cabin. You keep it at that constant 70 degrees no matter what the weather outside. This means you are always driving with your A/C on. Sometimes more sometimes less, but it is always on. Having the A/C on reduces mileage significantly. On cooler days and when you are just driving around town (not on the highway/freeway) turn the automatic temp control off and see your mileage get better.
Do proper maintenance on your vehicle: Change the oil, change the transmission fluid, and lubricate appropriate parts. This reduces friction to internal engine parts allowing for optimal mileage.
On the road, keep your speed as constant as possible and drive within the speed limit. You'll get to your destination safely and you'll also reduce your fuel consumption.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Join the World for Earth Day 2010!

I know this is not fuel efficiency related, but appropriate non-the-less.
Turn off the lights tonight from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Many communities are joining in to promote this year's event.
Be a part of a global event.

Thank you.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Auto Shows are featuring fuel efficiency???

It's a new year and auto makers have their annual car shows where they feature their latest creations. The place where the general public can preview the new models that every car manufacturer has for sale.
The annual auto show in Rochester New York is similar. It is not quite as large as the one in Detroit or in Los Angeles, but none the less a good venue to see what new cars are on the market all under one roof.
As the show was announced on one of the local TV stations, the show was dubbed as "featuring fuel efficiency". They happen to be standing in front of the new V6 Ford Mustang that is supposed to get 29 MPG on the highway. Then, I guess the Camaro V6 gets similar MPG numbers. the true 17 to 19 MPG that you get is good???
OK I digress.
My point is that they should have been featuring fuel economy way back then. I would think the masses want fuel economy. Especially from the "big" 3.
I will need to visit the show to see if the claims are true with respect to featuring true fuel economy.