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Oct 9 2008

Don’t Resist, Save Gas!

by Jimmy L

If you’re looking for more ways to save gas (and thus, money!), then here is something you’ve probably never thought about before, but can make a big difference.  Cars have an optimal speed for gas efficiency, and that speed is around 60mph or less.  “In a typical family sedan, every 10 miles per hour you drive over 60 is like the price of gasoline going up about 54 cents a gallon,” according to this CNN article.  The reason is simply air resistance!  The savings can really add up, especially if you do a lot of highway driving.

Interested in other ways to save gas?  Check out these older (but still relevant) blog posts:


Jun 12 2008

Make Money by NOT Driving!

by Jimmy L

If you’ve been thinking about alternative/greener modes of transportation, then now is the time to get serious. Gas prices have never been so high and global warming has never been worse. As if that’s not incentive enough, a non-profit organization called the Clean Air Campaign is literally PAYING you to NOT drive your car.

Their Commuter Rewards program rewards commuters who currently drive alone to work when they agree to start using a clean commute alternative. Start carpooling, teleworking, using transit, walking or bicycling to work and earn $3 per day, up to $180 over an assigned 90-day period.

They also offer rewards for carpooling to work. Finding people who are willing to carpool with you is easy using the RideSmart website. The website matches you up with people who live and work in your vicinity, so you don’t have to do any of the work.