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Fuel Conservation Suggestions

  1. Whenever possible use the most fuel efficient vehicle or piece of equipment for the required trip or job.
  2. Reduce the amount of weight carried and if possible eliminate items that create drag or wind resistance.
  3. Avoid extended idling and warm-up periods. Idling consumes up to one gallon of fuel per hour.
  4. Start-up the vehicle and proceed to your work assignment as soon as your vehicle is drivable.
  5. Always drive at a moderate speed and accelerate as though an egg is between your foot and the fuel pedal.
  6. Do not increase engine speed or "rev up" prior to shutting an engine off. It wastes fuel and increases engine wear.
  7. Anticipate traffic conditions, signals and slowdowns. Driving at a consistent speed will provide improved fuel economy.
  8. Have the tire pressure checked regularly; at least once a month. A low tire can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent.
  9. Brake early and slowly decelerate to maximize fuel economy.
  10. Use air conditioning sparingly in stop-and-go traffic. At steady freeway speeds, however, it may be better to use the air conditioner than to drive with your windows down, which increases wind resistance.
  11. Rideshare to meetings or walk whenever possible. (With summer approaching, we will work to obtain bicycles for short trips if we receive requests for them.)
  12. If you have several stops to make, plan carefully. It's best to start the engine while it's still hot.
  13. Starting the engine more than one hour after it has stopped running, increases fuel consumption and air pollution.