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deftdrummer

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2011 3:28:44 AM

Solution: Ride a motorcycle. Not only would it be safer for all of us current riders, but you'd be surprised at how liberated you feel knowing you don't have a cage around you and that you are saving on gas.

Look at all the other countries of the world; motorcycles are everywhere. Here, not so much. Guess American's can't not have a gas guzzling SUV even though "those days are behind us."

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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 2:53:11 PM

Drive slower
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LibertyGuardian
Rookie Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 8:15:47 AM

Easiest way to save on gas? Apply a little common sense, use your brain...something most people aren't used to doing anymore.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 8:04:20 AM

yes. drive easy. observe the speed limit. avoid rapid acceleration.
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pinbuster2005
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 5:25:21 AM

easiest ways to save on gas is to drive the speed limit, keep tire pressure where it's supposed to be, & do routine maintenece in the intervals it's supposed to be done to keep your engine running at peak performance.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 5:09:00 AM

Just don't drive like I did last week.
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pinbuster2005
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 5:05:16 AM

grumpycat - "Which is exactly why people own SUVs and pickup trucks for only accessional use. Costs too much to have multiple vehicles optimized for every use."

That is true. But there are other reasons people own SUVs & pick-ups. Some of the reasons I prefer the larger automobiles.

1.) Can see down the road further - When I can see further down the road I can react to things that happen ahead of me sooner thus making driving safer.

2.) comfort on long trips - I've driven small economy automobiles for long distances and I can tell you from my own experience that my back hurts in most of those seats thus making me fatigued sooner. If your more comfortable your not going to be tired as soon thus making you more alert and driving safer.

3.) I can do everything I need it to do - I do a lot of fishing and some of the places I go you can't get a low sitting car into unless you want to rip the oil pan out of it. plus you can't haul/tow much with them. I burn wood as well as use heating oil and buy getting the wood myself I get it at a cheaper rate saving me money. Even with a trailer you can't haul as much with a small car as you can with a larger automobile. plus I had to put in a new hot water heater into my house and buy picking it up myself I saved a delivery fee. Same with if I pick up furniture or something else large like that.

4.) insurance is cheaper - From my own shopping around with all insurance companies in this area a small car cost more for insurance than a pick-up or SUV. The reason for that they told me is that if you do get into an accident your chances of being injured and/or the car being considered totaled are greater with a small car.
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Madridjoe
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 9:39:01 PM

back off the accelerator

[Edited by: Madridjoe at 10/21/2014 9:39:45 PM EST]
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Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 7:32:17 PM

slow down all it cost you is a lil more time...
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Calbo1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:59:43 AM

drive less safe gas, true but then govt increases taxes because less revenue comes in from saving gas.
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niceguytx
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:35:13 AM

Drive less and get more fuel efficient vehicle.
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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:29:36 AM

Work from home.
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rrs517
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:56:30 AM

Drive slower.
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bowler360
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:23:17 AM

Motorcycles are big in warmer parts of the world.

Too many places in U.S. with sub freezing temps in winter.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:21:37 AM

"I suppose this idea by DEFTDRUMMER has some merit if one only seeks to save gas but if one is seeking to save money on transportation, then this idea is dead on arrival.

While most people will save on gas with a motorcycle, after paying for the motorcycle, insurance, maintenance, clothing for riding, helmets, and other attendant costs, you're out a lot of money with no hope of recooping it."

Which is exactly why people own SUVs and pickup trucks for only accessional use. Costs too much to have multiple vehicles optimized for every use.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:18:43 AM

I quit riding my motorcycle nearly as much as before when I got a Prius.

My motorcycle got 42 MPG where my Prius got 50.
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Raider44
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:08:23 AM

slow on the accel, and 'anticipate' stop lights by slowing, but not stopping if possible, as you approach them
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Sugarshaneo7
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:13:59 PM

coasting when possible and taking your foot off the pedal going downhill. not riding my a**.
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kinley2
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 6:24:21 AM

Accelerate and break/slow down gradually instead of hard or suddenly.
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 5:19:30 PM

I get better mileage in my Geo Metro than most motorcycles, and I can drive it all year 'round without special clothing and equipment.
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Snowchoux
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 12:02:05 PM

Hitch-Hike
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:16:41 AM

I suppose this idea by DEFTDRUMMER has some merit if one only seeks to save gas but if one is seeking to save money on transportation, then this idea is dead on arrival.

While most people will save on gas with a motorcycle, after paying for the motorcycle, insurance, maintenance, clothing for riding, helmets, and other attendant costs, you're out a lot of money with no hope of recooping it.

Motorcycles are fun to ride but they are in no way a solution for reducing the cost of transportation.

The rational way to go is to buy the most fuel-efficient car that meets one's needs and then learn how to drive efficiently.
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:49:05 AM

I own a Harley. Been riding, since high school. 40 mpg as apposed to 15 mpg in my p/up.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:08:14 AM

bicycle
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sharansri
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 7:16:04 PM

we drive when really required
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Mr1lung
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:35:57 PM

don't drive
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 12:36:27 PM

Do not drive as much.
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BlueberryFocus
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:14:16 PM

I agree with the motorcycle bit... but why not ride that other two wheeled vehicle, a bicycle?
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:26:55 AM

Walk instead
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scottmccarrick
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:44:11 AM

That is so wrong. I have a 1700cc Yamaha and i get 150+ miles per tank [3.9gals]

you should check you facts before posting, the 1000s of us that ride are laughing at you
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chipote
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 2:24:36 AM

I disagree, unless you buy a small motorcycle the savings are little or nothing.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 9:50:21 PM

Well I love motorcycles,own three,But Texting drivers will Run Over Your Butt,and often don't remember if you were a deer,dog, or a bump in the road! Fuel savings depends on your choice of cycles,pocketbook,ego....

Keeping greater distance IS A GREATER SECRET!
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:24:16 PM

dri9ve lower than speed limit on freeway 60miles per hour
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:05:56 PM

I have motorcycles. My Prius gets better MPG.
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jrferrari
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 10:18:04 AM

Multiple errands in a single trip and avoid left turns. I wish I lived close enough to bicycle to work, but even if I did I would worry about being stinky all day from sweating.

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Hanski
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 9:41:03 AM

plans multiple stops on one trip.
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djp071158
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:21:31 AM

Car pool and bicycling to work. Carpooling in the winter. Biking in the summer.

[Edited by: djp071158 at 1/11/2013 5:22:10 AM EST]
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:01:37 AM

carpool
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ebink315
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2011 12:15:10 PM

I'm too scared. I've never been in a car accident but in a Motorcycle I have a higher chance of fatality. And what do we do when it gets cold?
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xtremecheap
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2011 9:02:07 PM

Tape an egg to the fuel pedal.
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PawsVette
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2011 12:21:28 AM

synthetics...great for economy and lond-term engine/tranny durability
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cgleifer
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2011 10:46:00 AM

I'd vote ride a bike
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robodogy
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2011 9:46:11 AM

Using synthetic fluids can both increase fuel economy & reduce wear on affected parts. Cheers.
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tacoma32505
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2011 8:04:37 AM

Maintain your speed and abort takeoff
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Cummins2500
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2011 4:27:34 PM

don't drive
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bigtexss
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2011 12:53:14 PM

the easiest is to not drive.
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Susieq60
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2011 10:09:04 AM

Using speed control helps.
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WaWanderer
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2011 10:11:58 AM

Stay home, but that could get stale soon.
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SophiaCA
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2011 9:29:05 AM

walk, bicycle, or carpool
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tattoo666TX
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 11:29:57 PM

Drive slower. Enjoy the ride and the increased fuel mileage.
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thuathienhue
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 5:20:37 PM

I ride my bicycle in the summer, to much snow in Northern MI in the winter to do it.
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