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Tesla Model S 2013

Tesla Model S 2013

by Barbara Loraine

Whether you want to save money, cut down on your carbon footprint, or get the most from your driving experience, we’ve got tips for improving your driving lifestyle.

  • CUT BACK ON DRIVING
    -  Consolidate trips
    -  Walk or bike instead
    -  Skip a trip
    -  Tele-commute
  • MODIFY YOUR HABITS
    -  Start trips gently and skip the warm up
    -  Avoid rush hour traffic and
    -  Avoid idling in lines at gas stations (plan ahead and go at off hours)
    -  Stop using drive-thru windows
    -  When possible, avoid driving in bad weather
    -  Drive more slowly – this means you’ll have to leave earlier
    -  Plan ahead, ie. make shopping list to avoid unnecessary trips
    -  Do business, etc, in one loop (Try to choose a bank, grocery store, library,
    etc all in one area)
    -  Remove unnecessary heavy items from your car; weight reduces MPG
    -  Avoid turning on the air conditioner, it uses fuel
    -  Get your windows tinted to keep the interior cooler
    -  Choose a light-colored car to keep the car cooler
  • TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR CAR POOL
    -  Check bus or tram routes
    -  Trains can be nice
    -  Join car pool groups at work or locate pools  on Craigslist.org
  • MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
    -  Oil change & tune-up to save fuel & emmissions
    -  Clean air filter as needed
    -  Check tire pressure & rotation
    -  Check brakes
    -  See if fuel injectors may improve your engine efficiency
    -  Grease wheel barrings
  • FUEL EFFICIENT HIGHWAY DRIVING
    -  Drive more slowly – switching from 75 to 65 MPH can save 25%!!!  BUT do so safely!  To avoid crashes, do not drive slowly in lanes where cars are driving fast!
    -  Use cruise control on flat streaches of road
    -  When you are driving slowly, stay to the right and encourage others to pass you
    -  Keep your windows rolled up to reduce drag
  • FUEL ECONOMY FOR DRIVING AROUND TOWN
    -  Search for the best routes and
    -  Check in advance to avoid traffic and construction zones
    -  Drive in the middle lane to drive at a more consistent speed
    -  Start up slowly; no more Jack-Rabbit driving
    -  Watch traffic light timing to avoid stopping and starting
    -  Leave space between you and the car ahead, to drive at a consistent speed
    -  Start the engine AFTER you are ready to start driving, ie:  after fastening your seat belt.
    -  Reduce your need for air conditioning by parking according to the weather, in shaded spots on hot days and in sunny spots on cool days
    -  Plan your trips so you know where you are going, to avoid crashes.  ie.  Call ahead to stores in unfamiliar areas to ask for landmarks that make finding them easier.
  • BUY A FUEL-EFFICIENT CAR
    -  Check prices on used hybrids or other fuel-efficient cars.
    -  Do the math to compare the cost of a car and insurance versus the higher price of fuel for a gas guzzler

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