Something I do:
I turn off my car.
In the carpool lane at school, at the drive-thru, in traffic jams, I turn off my car. There is some popular wisdom that says that turning your car off and back on again uses up more gas than leaving it on to idle. Consumer Energy says ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. I’ve always heard fifteen seconds is the rule.
Count to fifteen.
Can you make a hamburger that fast? Neither can Burger King.
Something I don’t do:
Get out of my car.
If I truly want to save gas, but I need to pick up my child or grab a bite of fast food, I should get out of my car. Besides saving gas, I actually burn a few calories. I’ve been trying to park and walk up to the school to pick up George on nice days, but I often opt for the convenience of keeping Mabel contained in the carpool lane. Car off, of course.
Any other gas saving tips out there?
“Something I Do, Something I Don’t” are short Saturday posts about creation and waste, about making small steps to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.