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JT

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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2009 12:01:00 AM

What do you think is your SINGLE most effective means of conserving automotive fuel?
Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc)
Plan trips (combine errands, carpools, etc.)
Walk, bike, use public transit when possible
Eliminate some travel destinations
Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle
Other (please note in the discussion)
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sonicmustang
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 1:25:38 AM

Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc)
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achung53
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:14:45 AM

Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc)
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dongo50
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 12:25:08 AM

common sense, don't drive.
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Tanner_1
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2012 10:10:39 PM

Plan trips (combine errands, carpools, etc.)
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pcprof
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:25:41 AM

Plan trips
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2012 4:13:23 AM

Plan trips
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randyt58
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2011 8:57:13 AM

drive efficiently
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LonghornBubba
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2011 1:59:02 AM

Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle
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jwalkerh
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2011 8:24:37 AM

Plan trips
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2011 8:23:16 AM

Adjust driving
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DB2008
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2011 7:12:20 PM

Adjust driving.
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sent4456
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2011 5:55:11 PM

Walk, bike, use public transit when possible
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777Aviator
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2011 1:30:09 AM

Drive fuel efficient vehicle
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777Aviator
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2011 2:52:54 AM

Drive fue efficient vehicle
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LXH18
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2011 2:30:08 AM

Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.
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777Aviator
Champion Author St. Louis

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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2011 11:12:50 AM

plan trips
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2011 12:26:49 AM

Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc)
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HardeepWA
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2011 12:37:31 AM

Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc)
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2011 6:01:35 PM

Planning or combining trips helps reduce mileage, wear and tear on my car. I also use my GPS all the time - it saves me time by going around traffic bottle necks or accidents on the highway.
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GasMiserAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2010 5:32:01 PM

Slow down and time lights.
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bja0030
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2010 12:04:34 PM

SLOW DOWN
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SAVEITIL
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2010 6:58:38 AM

adjust driving
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CiVX
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2010 4:44:47 AM

bike!
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GasMizerGSO
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2010 11:54:35 PM

Plan trips (combine errands, carpools, etc.)
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janmj
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2010 8:44:20 AM

be easy on the throttle
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fuel1971
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2010 1:50:42 AM

Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc)
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g747
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Message Posted: May 25, 2010 7:14:17 PM

Keeping vehicle serviced properly @ all times.
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bja0030
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Message Posted: May 4, 2010 1:58:02 AM

stay home
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g747
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2010 8:11:21 PM

Pre-plan my routes,amount of traffic lights,eliminate some stops,reducing my idle time & speed limits,listen to the radio to avoid traffic jams if preventable.Preventive Vehicle Maintenance,time that i drive.
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hpf
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2010 1:42:10 PM

watch speed and driving style
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2010 10:36:19 PM

stay home
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smurphs
Rookie Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2010 11:19:23 AM

Adjust driving speed and have a tuned up vehicle with good tires.
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april4
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2010 7:12:02 AM

Plan trips
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mudhustler
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2010 10:58:21 PM

Plan your trips so that you can avoid traffic chokepoints and doubling back to make random stops. Drive steady and keep a good pace and allow for the car to do the work. The computer is smarter than you. If you let it take the gears to cruise speed in city or rural environments without flogging it, your mileage will soar, and you'll still get there in the same amount of time. People drag race with themselves and they don't even realize it.
Don't use drive up windows. Moving through the line gives you ZERO gas mileage, Get you butt out of the car to go into the bank or Mickey D's like civilized people. The people inside will treat you like a human instead of a nameless robot.
On the interstate highway, merge as fast and smoothly as you can, as herky jerky behavior on the throttle is totally amateurish. Pick a lane and keep the pace and keep a safe spacing distance, at least 4 cars length so that the jerks up ahead can slow and speed up without reaching into your gas tank.The constant acceleration and slowing down at highway speed just kills the gas mileage. DRIVE YOUR CAR NOT THE OTHER GUY'S.
Cold or warm weather, let the engine and transmission circulate oil by letting the car idle for at least 20 seconds on cold starts and baby that accelerator until that engine gets warm.
Ciao and be careful.
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2010 1:03:36 AM

Coasting to a stop sign or red light.
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2010 8:33:48 AM

Consolidation of trips.
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DavoIL
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2010 5:54:13 PM

slow down & drive at the posted speed limits
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LonghornBubba
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2010 9:53:11 AM

Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2010 1:13:00 AM

Coasting to a red light. I was surprised how my gas mileage increased.
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jorobins538
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2010 10:33:54 AM

Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc)
and we traded in our 1995 minivan for a 2009 Chevy Cobalt
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2010 11:14:09 PM

Planning trips, is the single most effective means of conserving fuel. The less you drive the less you burn. It's that simple.
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JimL1
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2010 6:35:17 AM

I have stopped driving my truck. I also have started using my bicycle whenever possible, although in the Phoenix metropolitan area where I live, the cities seems to be dead set against bike lanes on arterial streets. Almost all of the stores and businesses are located on arterial streets, so commuting to work or to the store can be a dangerous proposition. Many motorist scream at bicyclists to "get up on the sidewalk. Yet, between 72 & 80% of bicycle/motor-vehicle accidents occur when the bicyclist has been riding on the sidewalk. The law says that where there is no bike lane, a bicyclist on the roadway shall ride to the right of center of the rightmost lane and obey all the vehicle laws. The cities say that only 2% of bicyclists commute. They will probably be right as long as the cities refuse to put bike lanes on arterial streets, because riding where there is no bike lane can be dangerous. One other thing, those same cities tell us that for every year that they have reported, bicycle/motor-vehicle accidents have increased. We have started a petition asking the cities to; wherever there is an arterial street with more lanes in one direction than the other, make the number of lanes equal and put in a bike lane in both directions. This would reduce the bicycle/motor-vehicle accidents and cause motor-vehicle traffic to move more smoothly. If you want to help post on my white board.

[Edited by: JimL1 at 1/3/2010 6:39:35 AM EST]
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thinkaboutit
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2010 11:26:01 AM

Buying significantly less petroleum product saves.

Realize that any individual can only affect personal savings, but a few such acts of savings will not affect the national or international demand to a measurable degree.

Motor gasoline use in 2009 in the US was about the same as in 2008, while (only!) the overall oil consumption went down (mainly due to lower diesel, heating oil, fuel oil, and jet fuel demands)

How to save - rather than suggesting my favorite ways of saving to others, let the individual decide (or, for the time being, pay, knowing that this drives up the price?), because individual situations differ.
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2fer
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2010 2:10:20 PM

Normal maintenance and good tire pressure is a start.
No jack rabbit starts and high speed driving, too.
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saturn96
All-Star Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2009 9:34:05 AM

drive a fuel effecient vehicle
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burningrubber
Rookie Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2009 10:02:00 PM

leave the vehicle parked and ride a bike, but get real ! who cares that much! Little man conserver and the rich people lap it up. sacrifice is only for the poor who care.
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2009 7:51:17 PM

go out only when i really have to
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tutusun
Rookie Author Calgary

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2009 1:19:50 PM

Adjust driving (speed limit, starts, etc).....normolly under a liilte bit the speed limit.
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superhop
Champion Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2009 12:31:08 PM

someone says cruise control -

Cruise control is ok on flat terrian. Sucks gas when it downshifts when maintaining speed on inclines.
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superhop
Champion Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2009 12:29:59 PM

drive 60 instead of 80 - save 15 to 20 percent fuel.
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