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Mikeoids
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2011 3:39:37 PM

I coast to an intersection when the light is red and hope to still be rolling when the light turns green.
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tankerCA
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 7:36:33 AM

more planning - fewer 'joy' rides, more use of GPS to avoid getting lost.
tankerCA
Champion Author Chico

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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 7:34:47 AM

bought a more economical vehicle.
traffic cop
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 10:09:29 PM

I dont drive as much, not for personal reasons, anyway. And when I do I'm sure to combine errands in an efficient loop.

Which is also telling Obama and Bernanke, "Your economy sucks!"
13Octane
Champion Author Tucson

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 5:57:14 PM

nothing really.
skidsteer85xt
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:06:20 PM

look for cheaper gas
W707
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:26:54 AM

Dont make any needless trips
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:05:31 AM

When first in position leaving a light on going green I bump away briskly in 1st gear and then ease back as my vehicle shifts to 2nd than also gaining cruise speed gradually going up in the higher gears.

Not accellarating to leave tire wear,but taking advantage of the extra torque provided to the drive wheels in low gear which takes less engine energy,yes rpms come up for a very short interval but speed does also (reasonable 0-25 MPH speed). Remember once the auto tranny shifts to higher gearing the engine simply takes much longer to reach the higher cruise speed,it needs more energy torque to clime to the top tranny gearing. Gradually saves fuel.

This technique isn't new news,two of my relatives drove with std. trannys by going from low gear into high if not in a hurry but reaching 25-30 mph. often by gradual increase after using a brisk punch in low gear. 2nd gear got used on resuming to 50-60 mph where demanded,but drivers at that time swore/talked gas savings on that theory,(Low to High).

Those vehicles all had very low 1st gear ratios during the 30's until the mid 50's,those trannys often produced a whine in low and in reverse using longer stroke engines also because of their heavy weight.

Old vehicles all but updraft carbs mostly had pump-shots active each time the go-pedel was pressed down(squirting fuel out to the carb similiar to a child's play water squirt-gun,Really ! Saving 2nd gear pump-shot squirts saved some fuel,back then even. HAGDay!

DanFMA
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:24:24 AM

Slower starts and planned stops.

[Edited by: DanFMA at 12/4/2012 10:25:34 AM EST]
jrferrari
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:10:11 AM

Using my bike a little more for local trips. Tryiing to combine trips and only taking them when necessary.
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:05:08 AM

When driving std trannys I have stopped down-shifting using Engine Compression to decell,that makes for longer brake lineing wear,but spins engine RPMs upward,extra clutch action wear,higher vaccum benefits,but maybe more fuel gets sucked into the engine threw idle circuits(older vehicles only). Might be a 50/50 outcome here?
hrspwr77
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:25:32 AM

If I don't NEED to go, I stay home.
jrferrari
All-Star Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 4:19:58 PM

I try to anticipate changes in speed and accelerate smoothly. I'm also riding my bike more to things close by my home.
chie
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:27:58 AM

I try to not idle as much if I drive up to an atm. I'll turn the car off while I do my transaction, I've unloaded the car of stuff I don't so I don't carry around extra weight. I try to make all my errands in one trip. I don't drive with the windows down if I go over 40mph. My tires are at the correct psi.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:10:46 AM

Well I looked into the rear vehicle storage area,removed two jugs of wind shield antifreeze,two small umbrellas,a box of misc.auto junk that had not been used,transfered to shelfs in garage also a spare folding lawn chair,three ice scrapers, and a walking stick.

Now I expect a fuel savings through this Winter season where stop/go driving is a regular repeated trend.
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:48:38 AM

Nothing
1007
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:12:30 PM

I drive slower
KansasGunman
Champion Author Kansas

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 5:42:18 PM

Not a thing, the price of gas is what it is...what are you going to do when it's double the price it is now and it will be eventually and we're prepared regardless of the outcome.

Best advice...if you aren't prepared for the future now then do something about it now or the word "hosed" won't even begin to describe your predicament.
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 4:03:21 PM

Only drove 5 miles for ThangsGiv... get to gether meal.Pick-up truck is seldom used,once in two weeks,post office,hair-cut,personal shopping all in one trip including fuel top off,no black Friday shopping...
ranger2k
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 3:38:33 PM

haven't driven in almost a week
Browndog73
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2011 8:01:57 AM

I just parked my truck and maybe use it once in a week or twice if needed. I use to drive it every day but with the soaring cost of gas, just can't afford it.

Its a pay off I don't have to replace parts my truck will last longer, tires at this rate will last a hell of a lot longer. Less oil changes works for me.

As far as I am concerned I hope they who ever it is that controls these ridiculous oil prices, GETS TO EAT THEIR OIL.

Then I am hoping that the price of crude drops to the point where these people start jumping out of their windows.
CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2011 11:28:04 PM

THIS , MUCH MORE THAN BEFORE (copy and paste link )> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtyWEzuCIrw
gougedQC
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2011 10:38:27 PM

in addition, I take public transit now, about 95% of the time.
binkhouse
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2011 1:10:08 AM

check GB before I fill up.
n4tacon
Sophomore Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2011 8:55:41 PM

Turn my A/C off (when possible), coast more, car pool... Just anything I can think of at this point.
happymar
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2011 7:59:16 PM

staying home more ordering online
gougedQC
Champion Author Montreal

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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2011 6:03:46 PM

me too,

with my daily driver..
shift into neutral and coast when going down hills, and towards stops and red lights.. you can coast a great distance... saves a lot on gas, and on brake wear...and after many years, no problems with the auto trans

also accelerate much more slowly, and keep the speed down on the highway below the limit.

also add an extra pressure in tires, 35-40 psi.
billymac296
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2011 9:53:24 AM

Changed a lot of my driving habits. I coast more, idle less, and drive much easier. It does make a difference.
silverG
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2011 8:43:06 AM

Really waiting a day or two and combine local trips instead of daily trips.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2011 5:09:30 AM

Where the shoppings speed zones are 25-45 mph. I always keep extra distance from vehicles in front when moving,the other traffic will always do what they want anyway,(dart from lane to lane).

This practice keeps my momentum steady with less braking/go pedel pressing. Some times one behind gets stressed but thats their way of life daily,so they complain about gas costs but don't get it,can't or refuse to learn,whatever?

Yes I speed up when the lights are going green,like everyone else 5 above at times,then there are the ones dragging along yacking phone style 10 mph. under, driving with two fingers, same areas, So I don't worry about the sillies behind! "Saving fuel my way" LOL
CptSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2011 10:50:03 PM

Work from home.
Cadillacguy
Rookie Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2011 11:45:50 PM

even when gas was cheap I was doing everything I could to save gas.. i get 13mpg as it is in the city...
my best answer to my self is no joy riding, no driving around to places I don't need to go, no leaving to city for no good reason. i mostly just use my car now to go to work and get food, and the odd bit of shopping but I tend to do it when I am already out and driving it. I would drive more but I been saving my money. and my car can eat away at it fast!!!!!!!!!!
myZoomZoom3
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2011 5:54:52 PM

I'll also coast to a red light even more so when no one is behind me. Also, when the light turns green go easy on the gas instead of stomping on it!
thebrohta167
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2011 4:52:32 PM

same thing i do all the time, limit driving as much as possible. in addition, the usual, speed limit adherence, coasting to intersections, gentle acceleration, ect
Allan2010
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2011 4:02:08 PM

I definitely keep to the posted speed limit
olebufnav
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2011 3:39:04 PM

Have driven my wife's car more since it gets better millage than my mini-van.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2011 7:01:21 AM

The Wife and I have teamed up on driving one vehicle when shopping. Instead of driving two seperate vehicles,we take the most fuel effcient,(a 4 cyl. 2 litre),and I drive because she hasen't quite mastered all the fuel saving techniques. She is more Hurry prone(faster)is better say her sublimtel voices,Ha...

If we have a large list, shopping is about 5 mile away,with a short list of items,shopping is done at two local areas at 1.7% higher prices,but .75 mile away,but seldom eat out (this choice). Mini-Malls do help some times on fuel savings(depends on traffic/day?)
jetta_gia
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2011 6:01:56 AM

Keep my shift points under 2000 rpm. I stay at a 100km/h on the highway.
tlenker
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2011 10:53:55 AM

Hyper-miling. I stay under 2000 rpm during entire one hour commute. Hard to do, but I save.
ricebike
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2011 8:55:41 AM

i don't need to commute; i lost my job!
binkhouse
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2011 12:38:45 PM

checking GB before I fill up.
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2011 10:58:09 AM

not much really, i always have only used my machine when I have to go to work. I combine trips, don't speed, not much I can change.
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2011 9:20:53 AM

I have been doing most of the things mentioned here and have been combining trips and driving a whole less. It helps to live where there is public transit so if there is no cargo I either walk or take the T.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2011 7:36:32 AM

This won't be noticeable at first,but if the weather is not cold,try hooking your safety belt,adjust mirrors,and seat,tune music system,ETC.before starting engine. Over time the fuel savings will be noticed. Cold weather,I understand the habit of wanting to get heat by starting the engine first,it's only logical,but.....

Many times it is necessary because of the time span vehicle has stood hot/cold conditions. It's one of the simpler things one can do with minimum effort.
Snake96
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2011 11:58:42 PM

Limit Driving & watch speed, coast to stop at lights & ease away from stops (instead of accelerating fast).
DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2011 11:27:47 PM

For one i am not pushing my RPM'S when i shift.I used to shift @ 3,000-3,300 but now i'm down to about 2,500.And i'm doing the speed limit.

[Edited by: DasAuto92 at 4/1/2011 11:28:23 PM EST]
CobraJ
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2011 9:38:36 PM

Same as what others have said (i.e. coasting to a red lights, speeding up gradually, planning out trips, driving the posted speed limits, etc.). Also I'm avoiding excessive idling by not going through any type of drive thru, such as at a fast food restaurant or bank. Sitting there waiting while the engine is running, especially when there's a whole line of cars, just eats up gas so I just go inside instead.
I know it's dangerous, but I've been drafting behind 18-wheelers on occasion.



[Edited by: CobraJ at 3/31/2011 9:39:55 PM EST]
Sipusa
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2011 12:20:33 PM

I have just started going 2-3 miles below the speed limit on highways. Coasting to a red light and hoping that it becomes green when I get there seems to work too. From a total stop, I also have started to speed up gradually. I am telling you this is hard work as I ma totally not used to it.
bluemirage188
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2011 12:58:55 PM

i regularly coast on long downhills, when im unloaded, and take advantage of "off accelerator" situations normally.

I am now driving slower and using my cruise control when on the highway. Also planning out trips with the assistance of gasbuddy pricing on fuel. I wont go far out of my way to get cheaper fuel, but i'll plan to get it at the cheapest/closest station around.
GoGoGoodyear
Champion Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2011 12:20:49 AM

All of those things others said, and mostly driving much much less. Not much reason to drive when I don't have a job. I recently looked at my gas receipts and with so little driving I went over a month without putting gas in my truck.
binkhouse
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2011 10:09:28 PM

turn off the car when I'm stuck a while, sold one car, looking for a much more economical one.
nrthbycivic
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2011 9:44:09 PM

Driving one mile to three miles under the speed limit.
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