If you’re anything like me, you secretly enjoy taking the kids to school in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon after school. For me, it’s no secret at all. I really do enjoy spending those few extra moments each day with my daughter-and by the end of the year; they amount to hours of one-on-one time between daddy and daughter.
But as always, this year my inner conscience kicked in and told me something I knew I had been avoiding all along. It costs money to spend those extra minutes each day in the car. Wear and tear on tires, continual oil changes and regular fill ups are going to take its toll on my hard earned cash. And to make matters worse, I’m spending my money to destroy my environment. Toxic greenhouse gases, acid rain and smog are just a few of the lovely returns I get on my investment.
Although I certainly enjoy the time I share each day with my daughter, I despise the fact that it hurts the environment (and my bank account balance) in the process. That’s why I came up with these back to school gas saving tips so parents that commute their children to school in the family wagon can save a little extra gas-and our environment in the process.
- 1. Carpool- It doesn’t get much easier and more ecofriendly than sharing a ride or driving the neighborhood kids to school.
- 2. Check those Tires- According to fueleconomy.gov, under inflated tires can lower gas mileage by .3 percent for every one Psi drop in pressure in all four tires.
- 3. Lay off the AC- Your car’s engine has to work much harder when the air conditioning is running-especially when idling. Roll down the windows and turn off the AC to reduce your carbon footprint when taking the kids to school.
- 4. Change the Oil Regularly- Every 3,000 miles your oil needs changing. Use the right grade of oil, and keep it changed regularly using an “energy conserving” motor oil to enhance gas mileage.
- 5. Turn it Off- Idling in line with the rest of the parents can easily consume up to a half gallon of gas per hour. Turning off your car can help save gas while waiting in the drop off/pick up line.
- 6. Combine Tasks- While you’re out and about, why not make a day out of it? Do your shopping and other car-related activities all at once to curb overall gas consumption.
- 7. Get Rid of the Excess Weight- For every 100 pounds of additional weight in your vehicle, your MPG will decrease by up to 2 percent. Get rid of the excess weight and start saving gas today.
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