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Welcome to HowtoSaveGasoline! I hope that you enjoyed the first video. Here are further tips for saving gas, either in the second short YouTube video below, with the script below the video, or in this audio recording of all the tips in both the videos. 


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Check out ways to improve mileage rates by over 20% and the reasons to save gasoline, in brief:

Reduce imported oil

Reduce bloodshed over oil

Release less poison

Each of us is responsible

Reduce expenses

Here are the compelling detailed reasons and ways to save more than 20% at in short YouTube videos, an audio recording, or text.


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Here is the script from both videos, including all of the tips.

First Why, Then How

With every gallon worsening our economy, causing more bloodshed abroad, poisoning us more, and costing us more, reducing usage of gasoline is critical. Each of us is responsible.

Importing oil for gasoline accounts for a substantial part of the Consumer Price Index increasing inflation, with imports of oil worsening our economy. Every gallon we use pushes prices higher.

Importing oil has a strong impact on the citizens of the countries that supply our gasoline. The oil industry corrupts cruel dictatorships that oppress women and men who want freedom, causing bloodshed even among children. Every gallon we use provides dollars to dictatorships in oil-producing countries that cause more suffering to innocent people.

How is it that the vast atmosphere can be affected by our release of poisons that become smog and ozone? The atmosphere contains both healthy gases and toxic gases. The concentrations of poisons in the atmosphere are low, yet the potency and effect of poisons is strong. Even low concentrations of strong poisons have powerful effects such as worsening human health, acidifying the oceans, destroying the base of the food chain, and raising temperatures in cities and in the Arctic. Our emissions of strong poisons are high, so that our poisons substantially increase the low concentrations of powerful poisons in the vast atmosphere. Low concentrations of strong poisons have powerful effects. Therefore the effects of our poisons are strong, even though the atmosphere is vast. Every gallon we use poisons us more.

Of course the expense of driving burns our money, not only for the direct cost of gas, but also for the wear and maintenance of the car. Every gallon we use costs us more and wears down the car more.

With all these costs stemming from the usage of gas, why is it that society uses so much? Only the financial cost is attached to the purchase of gas. The priceless poisoning and bloodshed are not billed. Society is still operating on the outdated assumption that the world is infinite, with endless resources. However, an overarching theme for this century is "peak oil," the leveling off of global oil production and then its eventual and certain decline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded in a recent study that "world oil production is at or near its peak." After the peak, the growing gap between falling oil production and ever-increasing demand will send oil prices skyward. Shall we plan for what we can see coming by improving mileage rates, carpooling and supporting public transit, or blindly let peak oil happen to us?

Just as Americans consume more goods per person than average worldwide, so do we drive more per person than the average worldwide. Therefore our reductions in gas usage are more meaningful, and our responsibility is inescapable.

Here is the No Escape” Clause: Just as every release of poison from every gallon that we burn increases poisoning, every gallon that we save reduces poisoning from what otherwise would have occurred. Because every gallon that we save reduces poisoning, there is no escape from our responsibility to be mindful and sparing of this non-renewable resource. Each of us is responsible for  doing our part to support a healthy community and the natural world, by saving every gallon that we can, saving gas not due to guilt but because we care.

The good news of ways to save are coming up, starting with easy ways to save more than 20% of gas, then considering steps that will take more effort and save even more. To summarize the reasons that it is critical to reduce gas usage: Every gallon worsens our economy, causes more bloodshed abroad, poisons us more, and costs us more. Each of us is responsible.

Here are Ways to Save

To fill the tank, don’t wait until the gas gauge hits empty. Filling up around a quarter tank is better for your fuel injection system, thus improving your mileage rate and reducing maintenance. But don’t top off the tank. When the gas pump shuts off automatically, don’t try to add any more. The extra gas you try to put in the tank might not even make it into the tank.

Don’t Warm Up the Engine Much: Avoid prolonged warm-up times, starting your car when you are ready to go. If it’s freezing outside, some experts suggest that allowing 30-45 seconds for warm-up is plenty. Don’t rev. Revving your engine in neutral burns gas fast to no purpose. Keep your foot off the accelerator when stopped.

Don't Haul Items You Don't Need: You'll improve your mileage if you lighten the load, removing unnecessary items.

Maintain Good Aerodynamics: Roof racks are handy sometimes, but they create another source of drag that can increase your gas consumption. Installing a bed cover on a truck helps its aerodynamics. Air rushes over the cover and off the back of the truck, instead of into the bed where it pushes on the tailgate and creates drag that uses more gas.

Startup Smart: An automatic transmission car starts moving very slowly on its own in less than one second, after you release the brake and before pushing on the gas pedal, using almost no gas. Almost for free, you overcome the strong friction of the stopped drive shaft and wheels, saving the gas that you would have used to overcome that friction if you had pushed on the gas pedal from a stop. Once your car is slightly in motion, you can start accelerating gently, not pressing the gas pedal down by more than an inch. Rapid acceleration wastes gas and increases wear.

Figure 4. Mileage rates as a function of speed


Freeway driving over 55 mph significantly reduces the mileage of your vehicle. Slow down closer to that speed if you can, because the vehicle uses more gas when you drive at higher speeds. Do you feel more macho driving at higher speeds? Here is how to feel better about letting cars pass you by on the Freeway: they are using more gas, increasing imported oil, increasing bloodshed over oil, releasing more poison, as well as paying more for gas and maintenance, wearing out their cars faster! By going slower, you may not be driving macho, but you are driving smarter! And you are driving safer, because you have more lifesaving time to react to sudden hazards.

Stay Focused: Leave the cell phone down and eat that wrap later to maintain focus on saving gas and safety, staying aware of what is going on around you so that you can avoid fast breaking, sudden swerves, and variable speeds, all of which use more gas. … Speaking of safety, when one is feeling cozy in a comfy driver’s seat it’s easy to forget how dangerous the freeway is, so focus even when children are distracting you. The cars ahead may stop in an instant; a speed driver may be racing along from behind you in that lane that you want to change to, that looked like it was empty a second earlier; the driver next to you may swerve into your lane.

Don’t Weave: Constantly changing lanes while weaving in and out of traffic will use more gas. Find a lane that is moving at a speed similar to yours and stay there.

So Keep it Steady: Frequent acceleration and braking lowers your mileage. Coasting more and braking less will save gas. Drivers who don't leave much space between their car and the car in front use their brakes more often. When you apply your brakes, you are turning gas into heat instead of using the rest of the motion to coast through the space buffer between you and that car ahead… Use your cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed. Without cruise control, a driver's average speed tends to increase gradually with time spent on the road. 

Turn It Off When You Can: If you're stopped in traffic, turn the vehicle off, don't sit and idle the engine for more than a minute. Avoid drive-thru windows. Park and walk inside the bank, restaurant, or pharmacy… Turn off air conditioning when you can; it uses more gas. At low speeds, see if you can get by with the windows rolled down. At high speeds, roll up the windows to reduce drag, trying the vents instead to stay cool. Park in the shade.

Perform Regular Maintenance Tasks: Just as your teeth need flossing and brushing, so do your car and engine need regular care. Make sure your tires are inflated as the manufacturer recommends, because under-inflation creates drag that reduces fuel economy. Usually the ideal pressure is printed on the frame of the door. Pressure stats printed on tire sidewalls indicate the maximum amount of air pressure, not recommended pressure. Radial tires create less friction and are longer-lasting… Excessive wear on the inside or the outside of the tread could indicate the need for wheel alignment. Remember to have your wheel alignment checked to prevent such wear and to reduce drag… Getting your oil changed regularly reduces wear and the amount of gas used. Check your air filter to see if it needs to be changed. Likewise, keeping your fuel filter clean will help improve your mileage rate. Use your car manual to find out how frequently you need to change the filters… By making sure your car is running smoothly and in tip-top shape, you will be using less gas.

Combine Trips: Plan your errands so that you can make multiple stops in the same area and at the same time… Grocery shop wisely: If you have to drive to the grocery store, limit your trips to once or twice a week hauling larger batches.  Don’t drive around a parking lot looking for the closest space. Park and walk, taking advantage of the opportunity for exercise.

Skip Rush Hour: Exercise someplace nearby your work after you finish for the day. That way you can do something positive for yourself while you let rush hour traffic die down. Who knew going to the gym could save you gas money?

Track Mileage: Monitoring your mileage rate regularly will allow you to watch for changes that could indicate a problem with your car. Three or four consecutive tanks showing low miles per gallon may be an indicator of needed maintenance. Being aware and fixing the problem early will help with how much gas you use.

Drive a More Efficient Car: Trading in a gas guzzler may seem like a big step, but the savings in gas and maintenance may compensate for the purchase price in only a few years. Articles about efficient cars can be found on the websites or Electric cars have become practical, offering low driving cost per mile while producing zero emissions if the owner arranges with utilities to run on ‘clean’ electricity from renewable sources such as wind or solar power, thereby cutting dependence on foreign oil. Electric cars drive quieter than internal combustion engine vehicles, with lifetime service costs likely lower.

Carpool: When possible, carpooling can save you a lot of dollars in fuel bills… Carpools are allowed to use less congested lanes in many cities, so you’ll get to work faster. If even the carpool lane is busy during rush hour, call the transportation authority to request that another carpool lane be added… At least two separate individuals are required to use the carpooling lane. Using a mannequin in the passenger seat will not deceive the patrol. Here are links for carpooling-

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Use Mass Transit: Consider public ground transportation. Planning a trip that includes both train and bus is now made easy by using the transit directions button at That button looks like a train engine from the front, but the directions cover buses as well. Is the bus stop too far from your house? Many places offer park and ride options... But how can you give up the proud moments spent driving that fancy car? Riding the bus or train gives the quiet satisfaction of helping the world, being a good Samaritan to humanity, and a caring steward of the Earth. And riding the bus or train reduces gas usage, reducing inflation, reducing bloodshed abroad, and reducing poisons released.

Now for Zero Impact: A high fraction of urban travel is within two miles of home. For short trips how about riding a bicycle if it is safe, wearing a helmet even with big hair, or walking to your destination. You won't use any gas at all, and you'll be a step ahead with your daily exercise. Combine walking with the bus and you can let go of the car!

So Ditch the Car: Speaking of getting rid of the car, many cities offer car sharing, a form of very short-term car rental, such as for only an hour. Simply reserve a car for a specific time period, arrive at the parking lot where the car is located, then drive until your reservation time is complete, and return the car at the spot where you picked it up. Here are makes car sharing available in many cities. provides an example of a local car sharing organization in a small city.

Beware of Lobbyists: While it is possible to produce fuel from sources other than oil, the cost of production makes ethanol in particular inefficient. Ethanol is mainly made from edible corn in a process that uses so much Natural Gas and oil during transport that the savings are negligible. Using corn for fuel increases the price of food. Lobbyists persuaded the government to subsidize this inefficient fuel... So we need to bypass ethanol, instead driving less and more efficiently, mindful of the costs of using fuel.

Buy Local: Giant grocery chains often source food from thousands of miles away, especially out of season. Buying fresher food from truly local Farmers’ Markets saves longer distance transportation and supports the local economy. As for any errand, to save gas shoppers need to carpool and plan ahead for more than one stop to make the trip to the Farmers’ Market efficient, or the overall savings in fuel will be small.

Save Natural Gas: Whereas gasoline is derived from oil, Natural Gas used for heating is mainly drawn from separate underground and undersea deposits, by drilling that releases substantial amounts of this powerful heat-trapping gas, worsening Global Warming. Hydrofracking is the controversial practice of extracting natural gas from bedrock, causing hundreds of documented cases of contamination of drinking water near drilling sites across the country. Therefore Natural Gas must be used sparingly. Methods of making homes more efficient can be seen at Also on that website are the reasons to limit jet travel and a video about climate change.

Avoid Factory Farms: The corn and high protein soybeans that are fed to animals could be used to feed humans. Instead the fuel used to grow and fertilize food for animals literally goes to waste in polluting runoff from animal farms. Eating more plant-sourced foods makes more efficient usage of the fuel used to grow food, and saves more food for people. For a free video of health reasons to eat more plant-sourced foods, and for links to recipes, see the SiteMap at

Support Family Planning: With world population now about 7 billion people, up from 1 billion in the year 1800, and heading toward 10 billion by 2050, Family Planning is critical for healthy families as well as saving non-renewable resources such as oil.

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