It is more important than ever to use fuel wisely! Save gas!
Find more tips on the internet - here are some to get you started.
- If you are in the market for a new car, consider going electric! Winston-Salem has electric vehicle charging stations located in and around the downtown area. We are always working on increasing the number of these stations, and currently have three locations.
Location 1 - Old Salem roundabout in the tennis court area.
Location 2 - 4th and Church Street parking garage through the 4th street entrance.
Location 3 - Bailey Park area at Patterson Ave and 5th Street. NOTE: This location is temporarily down due to construction.
- Plan your driving by making a list of where you need to go and the shortest route to get there. Combine several stops and get everything done in one trip. If you avoid rush hour (stop-and-go) traffic, it will help even more.
- Carpool! Share rides to work, shopping, special events, meetings, etc.
- Use air conditioning in your vehicle when you are driving on the highway. In stop-and-go traffic, sometimes having the windows open will be sufficient. The air conditioner uses gasoline, but at highway speeds, having the windows open cause drag.
- Keep your vehicle's engine maintained according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
- Keep tires properly inflated - not too high or too low pressure.
- Remove extra weight from your car or truck.
- Buy the gasoline recommended by the manufacturer and that your engine is tuned for.
- When you are waiting in a car, do not let your engine idle. By stopping your engine, you are saving emissions (twice as much as when the car is moving!), saving gasoline, and saving on oil.
- Walk or ride a bicycle to your destination whenever possible!
Should you trade in your SUV?
Should you dump the SUV for a gas sipper? Edmunds.com helps consumers answer that question with the release of its Gas-Guzzler Trade-In Calculator. The tool helps consumers determine the pay-back period and fuel savings associated with trading in a fuel-thirsty vehicle for a more fuel-efficient one. To access the tool, visit the Edmunds.com web site.