Get More Out of Your Gas

Simple solution to saving at the pump is to just stay home, order all your needs online and quit going to places which you are probably spending money you shouldn’t be. Evaluate your necessary and UN-necessary trips. Then try to walk or bike more. Or screw what I’m saying and just incorporate these handy tips from Ideal Bite on how to take fewer trips to the gas pump:

“For starters, roll your windows down while driving around town to keep cool, but opt for A/C once the speedometer hits 45 mph. At higher speeds, your rolled-down car windows cause wind resistance and actually decrease efficiency. You can also improve gas mileage and keep loads of CO2 out of the air each year by keeping your tires properly inflated. Gonna stay put for more than 10 seconds? Turn off the engine – an idling car creates twice the emissions of a car in motion.”

Ugh. How I despise cars that idle for no good reason and what’s up with truckers leaving those big rigs idling all the time? And you pizza delivery boys! Turn that shit off while you mosey my pizza pie up to me, slowly make change and then don’t get a tip to sulk back to your ride. Maybe I would tip you if you quit spewing out emissions all over my driveway.

And another question along the lines of saving gas that I’m going to turn over to the world is, what are big families suppose to be driving these days? It’s seems as though families of 5 or more are getting screwed with their gas guzzling minivans. Any suggestions? This December, we officially transform into a familia of five and I’m thinking we are going to need more seating than the little VW offers us to squeeze in three car seats of our little ones.

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11 Replies to “Get More Out of Your Gas”

  1. We have a slightly older (1993) Buick station wagon that we use when it’s necessary to transport all six of us (combined kids from previous marriages). It seats eight, though not super comfortably as the eighth person has to be about six inches wide so as to fit in the middle of the front seat.

    The station wagon gets better gas mileage and holds more people than any of the vans we had previously.

    Whenever there are five or fewer people making the trip, we get into my Kia Sephia, which gets far better gas mileage and the people in the back seat simply have to deal with being a bit uncomfortable.

  2. My idea of a dream car would not to have a car. I hate to drive and I think walking is the best transportation. Bike riding is even better. Plenty of exercise and no gas required. I think driving is smelly, lazy, expensive, and dangerous.

  3. We just bought a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We’re a family of 4, and with everything we’re always hauling around and the places we tend to drive (not always paved) we need the space and the 4wd. I don’t feel guilty about it at all. We looked at hybrids but they were out of our price range and really didn’t meet our needs. You have to do what you have to do.
    We don’t drive very often though, and are lucky enough to be able to walk around town for several errands.
    Ok, I have to point out here though the thing about ordering things online and having them delivered to you. Think about the effect on the environment having stuff delievered to you from 1/2 way across the country, or even a couple states away. Even ordering pizza: ok, you didn’t drive anywhere to get it, but you’re supporting an idustry that is based on auto travel (and I used to deliver pizza too!). Wouldn’t it be better to get some locally grown and ground flour, grow your own tomatoes and veggies (or get them from your local farmer’s market) to use to make your own sauce and toppings, and finish it off with some local raw-milk cheese??

    1. Mmm… a local pizza sounds yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, I just read that ordering things online can sometimes be more efficient. That way it just goes straight to you, and it means less cars on the road. All those automobiles are traveling anyway, so why not just stop by your house real quick to drop off a package. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. True, though it still feels like contributing to something that is overall bad for the environment, as well as local living. It always strikes me as funny when people act all poofed-up thinking they are buying locally, when they’re just buying mass-produced stuff at a local store. What ever happened to true local craftsmanship?
        And, the pizza thing sounded so yummy I’ve been gathering ingredients to make some either for tonite or tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜›

        1. Haha. I know, right. People really should start paying attention to where their things are coming from.

          Ooo.. I could totally go for some pizza right now. I’m going to my town’s farmer’s market, guess I’ll have to buy some veggies for a homecooked pizza. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. CONGRATS SADIE ON NEW BABY-ON-THE-WAY!!!!! Do you know what you’re having yet?? We’re so happy for you!!! YAY!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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