Families - Drive Smart
Drive Smart and Save
Tired of paying at the pump but not ready to buy a new, more fuel efficient car? Or do you just want to get the most out of that pricey gallon of gas?
There are a lot of ways you can save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint, and you can do it with any vehicle! Follow these simple tips and start saving money.
Top Six Tips for Savings:
If your travel needs allow it, try taking public transportation, walking or biking, or carpooling. Short trips in particular are great for walking or biking – you’ll get exercise, save fuel, reduce wear and tear on your engine, and you can enjoy the scenery. And, if you have a lot of errands to make, try “chaining” your trips together to save time and gas – when you do make multiple stops, go to your farthest destination first to warm up your engine more quickly for better fuel economy. Learn more.
Set It at 60
Did you know that fuel consumption increases about 5 percent for every 5 miles per hour driven above 60 mph? It’s like paying an additional 30 cents per gallon! Set the cruise control at 60 and start adding up the savings.
Go Easy on the Pedals
Rapid starts and hard stops can increase fuel use by 40 percent but reduce travel time by only 4 percent. Accelerate gradually. Maintain a constant speed. Coast when you can. And don't forget to pick up your FAST LANE pass to avoid traffic at the tolls- this can save lots of time, as well as fuel. Learn more.
Turn it Off
Idling gets you zero miles per gallon. So when you’re stopped, switch off the engine. It saves you fuel, and it’s the law – Massachusetts state law prohibits idling for more than 5 minutes. If you really need to idle, shift to neutral, so the engine is not working against your brake and consuming more fuel.
Click the Cap
Loose, damaged, or missing fuel tank caps cause 147 million gallons of fuel to evaporate each year. Make sure the cap is tight and you can save about $120 per year. Learn more
Check the Pressure
In 2005, 1.2 billion gallons of fuel were wasted by driving on underinflated tires. Proper tire pressure is safer, extends tire life, and can provide up to 3% benefit per tankful of fuel.