Simple tips to save gas and money

Lenny Taylor
Lenny Taylor
Nick Thomson
Nick Thomson

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - One way to beat the gas price hikes is to consider other alternatives for getting around.

But for those who aren't ready to give up driving, here are a few tips to save gas and money.

There are a few habits that need to be broken, that will help drivers get the most mileage out of their costly fuel. Some of them take discipline, common sense and common courtesy.

Traffic lights and city driving. It's a combination that will drain your gas tank faster than driving on the freeway because of the constant need to brake and accelerate.

Mechanic Lenny Taylor says press lightly on the gas pedal, instead of taking off quickly when a light turns green.

"The more throttle you use the more gas you're going to burn," said Taylor.

"If I'm in a hurry, I'll just go but usually I just drive pretty mellow, because gas is pretty high," said driver Nick Thomson.

Tailgating. It's not only illegal and unsafe, it requires a lot of stop and go driving which can eat a lot of gas.

"You have to hit your brakes then it pulls you out of the draft and then you have to re-accelerate," said Taylor.

You don't even have to be moving to be using excessive amounts of gas. Driving standing still, or idling can use more fuel than drivers might realize. According to the California Energy Commission it can burn as much as a half-mile worth of gas every minute.

"I didn't know we were using gas by just staying still like this," said driver Reiko Simpson.

"I'm surprised because I sit in my car quite a bit before, so I guess I need to pay more attention to that," said driver Wilma Davenport.

But not everyone has to pay attention to these tips.

"If you got the money to spend on the gas, spend it, if you don't everybody has choices to make," said Taylor.

With the ever escalating fuel prices, drivers might notice a savings in cash and gas sooner than later.

Lenny Taylor says the best way to save gas is to cut down the use of your air conditioner, but not many drivers are willing to sacrifice sweat for fuel.