As traditional media tries to hold on to market share, the old school car mags are doing their best to get with the new media. Old guys are being
replaced supplemented by young guys and girls who truly get the virtual world.
In this vein, Car and Driver mag is reaching out to bloggers to get the word out that they are as vibrant and relevant as ever. In other words, they are blogging their hearts out! They’re not just blogging though, as they are tackling topics that are hotter than ever.
Today, they’ve got a list of fuel saving tips to help ease the pain at the pumps.
The first two should be common sense:
Tune-Up Your Car
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Really folks, a well maintained car does get noticeably better gas mileage.
Next up, just like a scene out of Gumball Rally:
Pay Attention to the Timing of Stoplights Not only does it improve fuel economy, but you can get to the finish line faster!
Learn to Drive a Stick
So many directions I could go with this one, but let’s keep it clean and just say “Learn to drive”.
Several items on the list can be summed up with: Slow the Eff down!
Idle in neutral
I actually take issue with this one. Too many people have a tough enough time concentrating enough to react when the light turns green without them having to worry about whether they are in gear too. I know, some of your old school Dad’s told you that your clutch will last longer. The reality is that the release bearings in use these days are way better than those in days gone by and your ineptness is going to burn the clutch long before you destroy the release bearing. If you are at a light…keep it in gear. You aren’t saving that much fuel by being in neutral!
There are a whole bunch more, some of which border on the evil that is hypermiling. Thankfully, there is no mention of drafting 18 wheelers. Folks, do not try this at home. You are not a NASCAR regular and neither is that trucker.
Let’s give the folks at Car and Driver a hearty welcome to The Garage. Be sure to head on over and check out the rest of the frugal suggestions.