It is more important than ever to use fuel wisely! Save gas!
Find more tips on the internet - here are some to get you started.
Plan your driving by making a list of where you need to go and the shortest route to get there. Combine several stops and get everything done in one trip. If you avoid rush hour (stop-and-go) traffic, it will help even more.
Use public transportation such as Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) bus service or PART.
Carpool! Share rides to work, shopping, special events, meetings, etc.
Start and stop gradually.
Maintain a steady speed when possible; speeding up and slowing down and speeding up again uses more fuel.
Use air conditioning in your vehicle when you are driving on the highway. In stop-and-go traffic, sometimes having the windows open will be sufficient. The air conditioner uses gasoline, but at highway speeds, having the windows open cause drag.
Drive below 60 mph whenever possible. The faster you drive, the more gas is used.
Keep your vehicle's engine maintained according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
Keep tires properly inflated - not too high or too low pressure.
Remove extra weight from your car or truck.
Buy the gasoline recommended by the manufacturer and that your engine is tuned for.
If you are in the market for a new car, consider buying an electric vehicle or a hybrid. Winston-Salem is making it easier to charge electric vehicles, with locations around the city including one near Old Salem and one near the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
When you are waiting in a car, do not let your engine idle. By stopping your engine, you are saving emissions (twice as much as when the car is moving!), saving gasoline, and saving on oil.
Walk or ride a bicycle to your destination whenever possible!
Should you trade in your SUV?
Should you dump the SUV for a gas sipper? Edmunds.com helps consumers answer that question with the release of its Gas-Guzzler Trade-In Calculator. The tool helps consumers determine the pay-back period and fuel savings associated with trading in a fuel-thirsty vehicle for a more fuel-efficient one. To access the tool, visit the Edmunds.com web site.