I recently posted some tips on saving on the rising cost of gas in Gassed up today... Ouch! At first, I didn't take my own advice. Kept driving as I normally do. But my commute is pretty substantial, about twenty miles each way. So, assuming I get about 25 mpg, I am burning nearly two gallons each day just in my commute. At over three bucks a gallon, that's more than the proverbial "lunch out" that we regularly admonish.
An article in today's USA Today, Drivers curb use as gas goes up, quotes an energy industry analyst who says, "if everyone decided to drive 3% less the next 30 days, prices would crash." That's pretty powerful.
So, I am making an effort.
First of all, I am more aware of HOW I drive. I try not to go past 65 and almost certainly not past 70. I tend to drive pretty conservatively anyway, so this wasn't too much of a stretch. But I have noticed that my mpg has gone up to around 27 from 25-26. That's not insignificant. I also try not to accelerate quickly. If the a-hole in the lane next to me doesn't want to let me in, I'll slow down and fall in line behind him.
Second, my fiancee and I carpooled yesterday. She also has a twenty mile commute. We work in the same building, but don't live very close to one another. We also have very different schedules. So carpooling is not easy. But I am going to try to shift my schedule at least once per week so that we can carpool. If we save six bucks per week just from carpooling once, it's well worth it. Next challenge will be to see if we can get that to twice per week!
I'm trying to do my part. How about you?