Some predictions have gas prices heading to $5.00 a gallon, which would easily beat the record of $4.00 from 2008. If you haven’t started thinking about how the prices effect your driving, you probably soon will. Texas Transportation Institute Researcher, Joe Zietsman, says most people don’t realize the money they can save just by changing the way they drive. “TTI studies and others show that at least 10 percent of your gas bill can be eliminated just by what we call ‘eco-driving.’ ”
What is eco-driving?
- Use a feather foot instead of a lead foot.
- Avoid rapid starts and stops, also known as “jack rabbit” driving. Tailgating also burns a lot of fuel.
- Use cruise control on freeways (except hilly areas). Cruise control can save 7 percent on fuel.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Use the air conditioning sparingly. Zietsman says not using the AC is 20 percent more economical.
- Avoid idling when possible.
Zietsman says that by becoming a more eco-friendly driver, you will use less fuel, save money, reduce emissions and, as a result of eco-driving, become a safer driver.