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How To Drive Your Car To Save On Gas

Updated on September 3, 2012


We already visited some green driving tips but there are still more ways that you can save money with green driving tips.

Let's have a look at still more green driving tips to help you save money on the gas you put in your tank.



  • You floor me. If you floor your gas pedal, you waste gas. That's on you of course and if you don't mind throwing away money consider this point. It sends more pollution into the atmosphere every time you do it. It's called "high power driving" and 1 second of being in "power" leads to as much volume of carbon monoxide as a full half hour of normal 1 second = 30 minutes. Please don't use this kind of power.
  • You burn me up. Accelerating too quickly and braking too quickly not only wears out brakes but you increase pollution. Again, shame on you so don't do it!

  • Who are you, REO Speedwagon? Go ahead and drive 75 miles per hour. Personally this is frightening because do you know what someone looks like when they hit something going 75 mph? It's not pretty. You've also just cut your fuel efficiency by about 10%..... right before you looked like a splatter on the back of someone else's car.
  • On again, off again. Driving in traffic is a waste of time but it's also a waste of money. Even better, it's also killing the environment and taking beautiful cities and turning them into sewers. Work from home, work less days, work off hours, drive alternative back road routes, carpool, take public transportation.....there are a bunch of alternatives.
  • Run wild, run free. Make sure you are in the highest gear possible when you are going at higher speeds. Higher "gears" even on an automatic transmission decreases fuel usage.



  • Cool man. Using your AC in the car puts noxious emissions into the atmosphere. You could open a window and help save the planet.   In response to the comment left below, I also did some more research on this.  Turning on your air conditioning does burn more fuel.  That is a fact.  However, it is a mixed bag.  Having a window open at lower speeds will save on fuel.  Having the air conditioner on at high speeds is actually more fuel efficient due to wind resistance.  So make the appropriate call in the right situation and you will save fuel....and I'm sorry but I still believe a bit of the planet.
  • Warm and fuzzy inside. Warming up your engine before you leave to go somewhere is a matter of comfort but is not environmentally sound. You don't have to warm up the engine in cars these days. It's warm when you turn over the key. The reason that anyone warms up the engine is so that you'll be warm (or cool). Think of the fuel and think of the environmental impact. Shiver for a few minutes and drive on!
  • Irresistible you. There are tires called low rolling resistance (LRR) replacement tires. LRR tires are geared towards improving a car's fuel efficiency. If you need replacement tires, think LRR.
  • Do the math. Every month you should probably calculate your fuel economy. How many miles are you getting per gallon in the city, on the highway. If it's not up to snuff, you might want to check things out in your car. First and foremost, check the air filter. As an example, by having a dirty air filter, you're decreasing your fuel efficiency.
  • Get your regular checkup. By ignoring regular maintenance on a car, you're setting yourself up for more bills down the road but you're also decreasing your fuel efficiency. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • Is your car passing gas? Check your car's emission status periodically and protect our precious environment.


Look for stations with vapor-recovery nozzles to protect the environment from vapors.  (These are those accordion looking black nozzles.)

Don't try and get an extra squeeze and overfill your tank.  This emits more vapors so cut it out.

Who said you need premium gas?  You don't unless your manual specifically states this in black and white.


  • In summer, why would you park in the sun?  Hello?
  • Your garage is not for junk - it is for your car in winter and your car in summer, keeping it warm and keeping it cool. 
  • Shields up.  They do help and block the sun in summer and help with ice in winter.

These are all ways that you can help save the environment while saving money.  The price of fuel is bad enough.  What it's also doing to our environment is a travesty.   

Give some of these things a try.  See if you don't feel like giving yourself a pat on the back afterward.  You might just be able to give yourself a pat in the wallet as well.


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Jobister - You added to the quality of my hub by pointing that out again - I said that above but you said it very succinctly indeed!! I get so steamed when I hear our neighbors out there warming up huge trucks at 5:00 a.m. to go to work! In summer no less!!! I think they're insane and I do want to put a note on the car 'enjoy flushing your money?' Oh well - we can only teach!

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      jobister 6 years ago from Anaheim, California

      For those people who wait for their car to warm up before pulling out of the driveway newsflash its a waste of money and ruining your car engine slowly. A car needs about 5-10 seconds to warm up and by the time you pull out of the driveway you've already started the warm up process. Waiting for the car to warm up and then waiting for the interior to warm up as well is a great way to throw money down the exhaust pipe.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Crewman - I'm totally impressed! We have worked out of our house for over 20 years so that is a great green way to work, too. We live out in the boonies now so it is really a calculated trip here and there but that is good! And if we run out of wanting to use gas, we'll just hitch up our pups and make them give us a ride into town!

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      Crewman6 6 years ago

      Great hub- I love the 'green planet' approach; we do so much damage without even realizing it. I'm very fortunate to live less than 1/2mile from work, and I hate driving. Don't leave the house unless Monique sends me out for something. So I usually fill up about once a month, and drive until it's near empty.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Me too, Steph - if only I can talk Bob into buying one and they have to be big enough NOW to hold THREE malamutes! Oy vey - something's gotta give and hoping we get smart with this fuel crisis one day very soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and for adding another great comment!

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      So many ways to save fuel (and money) when driving! Personally, I'm kind of interested in the solar panel options on some of the new cars (Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius) that reduce energy required to power internal features like A/C.

      Super tips, as usual!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for your comment, nicomp - will have to check out your sources and see if that is correct. My sources said the opposite but there are usually/most often many opinions on all these things......who actually has all the answers? Certainly not me!

      Darski - glad you liked!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Another fantastic hub my friend...I am stuck with a V8 1998 jeep but I can't afford anther car right now. This are great tips. Thank you so much for this awesome information, useful as well. Rate up love & peace darski

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Using your AC in the car puts noxious emissions into the atmosphere. You could open a window and help save the planet"

      Actually, no. A car operating at highway speed uses less fuel with the windows up and the A/C on. Wind drag is a huge fuel waster. Drag increases with the square of speed.