It has happened again, that pesky little gas light has come on and you know you can’t delay your trip to the gas station any longer, no matter how painful it may be. Gone are the days when you didn’t give a second thought to your gas usage and maybe even cruised Main Street on the weekends just for fun. With current gas prices and the unstable economy, you wouldn’t dream of participating in such a careless waste of gas and money, and you might even be tempted to live like a hermit, hoarding every ounce of gasoline like a paranoid miser. While this may be a bit overdramatized, it is probably true that filling your vehicle up with gas can be one of the most disappointing and frustrating parts of your day, but there is good news as well! You may not realize it, but you have some control over how much gas you use when driving to work, to school, to the grocery store, and anywhere else that you may drive. While you might feel powerless at the pump, you are actually completely in control of your gas usage while you are behind the wheel. If you want to learn more about your very own gas-saving potential, continue reading.
While wizards get their power from their wands, your gas-saving power actually comes from a very unlikely tool – your foot. If you love to show off and accelerate at break-neck speeds, then you might as well kiss your gas goodbye and prepare to make more frequent stops at the dreaded gas station. Instead of treating stop lights and stop signs like racetrack flags with your foot poised in anticipation while you wait to stomp down on the gas pedal, try imagining that you are the tortoise in a race against the hare. If you accelerate slowly and steadily, you may not win the race, but you will have more money in your pocket and more gas in your car than the guy who drives like he can’t wait to get wherever it is he’s going.
You can also save gas on the freeway if you simply increase the distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you and don’t swerve in and out of lanes like you’re doing the hokey pokey. If you are obsessed with getting around everyone and following too close to the person in front of you, then you are probably constantly braking and accelerating, which is an unnecessary waste of gas. Instead, try choosing one lane and see how long you can stay in it while keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. If you do this, you will notice that it is easier to keep steady pressure on the gas pedal and avoid constantly braking and accelerating.
There are many ways that you can increase your gas efficiency so that more of your hard-earned money stays in your pocket instead of being gobbled up by those selfish, hungry gas pumps. It really only requires that you use some common sense and courteous driving, and never forget that incredible gas-saving power lies in your capable hands… or foot.