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 Tony's Top Ten Tricks to Trim Tanker Traffic and Comments on the April 15 Gas Price Protest


Tony's Top Ten Tips To Trim (crude oil importing) Tanker Traffic


10. Don't drive TENse! Relax and slow down. If  I'm driving the speed limit and it seems to bother the people behind me, I pull over and let them by.  (Unless of course they have an SUV in which case I consider it my civic duty to slow them down to compensate for the gas they waste because they bought a status symbol. See number 7 below) Source:

9. If you know you will be stopped for NINE seconds or more, turn off the engine. Practice ahead of time (seriously) to memorize and minimize your startup sequence, since you will probably have to shift to neutral to get the starter to crank, then shift back into gear.  Source:

8. Keep your tires' pressure at EIGHTy percent of maximum. Look on the side of the tire, they probably do not say 32psi. Check them when cold with your own tire gauge before driving. My tires say "max pressure 44psi", so I fill them to 44 * 0.8 = 35 or 36psi. Don't rely on the pressure sensor light to tell you when to check them, those things only warn of dangerously low pressure, not wastefully low pressure. Sources: and

7. Choose your next vehicle from among the top SEVEN (or seventeen or five or three or whatever) for gas mileage (or better yet greenhouse gas emissions) for the style of vehicle you need. Consider electric vehicles and getting your power from renewable resources. Consider biodiesel, biogas vehicles. The point here is to make the effects on the environment and economy a top priority, ahead of what is popular. When you compare vehicles by their lifetime cost you will also find that the most efficient vehicles are the most cost effective to own over the lifetime of your ownership. My family used to always buy a certain brand of car because of its reliability, durability and safety until they started only selling all-wheel drive vehicles. All-wheel drive really only helps you get from zero to five miles per hour, so except for your driveway and pulling out of a parking space, is it really worth the drop in gas mileage caused by the extra weight? See an excellent search tool to compare new and used cars.

6. SIX more tips I could not figure out where else to put: Carpool of course! Two people using one car uses half the gas! Look around while you commute at all the driver-only cars! Use your GPS to find the shortest or quickest routes to all your destinations, especially if you already know the way. Many people routinely take routes that are much longer than necessary because they always went that way, or it was the first way they went or some other reason. Even a fraction of a mile shorter or a fraction of a minute faster adds up if its a route you take every day. Did you know most vehicles' defroster setting turns on the air conditioning compressor to help dry the air blowing over up the windshield? Leaving the defroster on all the time wastes gas just like leaving the air conditioning on all the time.  Summer slow speed driving: open all the windows and turn off the a/c under 30 or 40 mph. Faster than 40mph you may as well close the windows and use the a/c if you have to. Summer highway driving: turn off  the a/c (actually off, not the temperature setting) on uphill runs (leave the fan on), only use it on downhills if its needed. Speaking of highway driving, set your cruise control 5 mph below what you want your average speed to be - let your speed drop to that on uphill sections. Step on the gas a little on downhills to get 5 mph over your desired average speed. This will drive the people behind you crazy however.

5. Only fill your tank FIVE-tenths full (halfway). Why pay for gas to haul around more gas than you need? Source: 

4. What are you carrying around all that junk FOR? Lighten the load to only what you have to have in the car. I even remove the rear seats in my car when I know I will not have more than one passenger for a week. Source:

3. Park your car until you have at least THREE reasons to drive it. Plan shopping for coming home from work for example. Before leaving for home, call or text first (before, not while driving) to see if anyone needs anything. Source:

2. Plan to park TWO-thirds of the way out in a store parking lot. Don't waste gas cruising for a closer space, walking is good for you. Find spaces where you can pull through so you park facing out of the space so you don't waste gas (and time) backing out. Its safer, too.

1. If you only have ONE mile to go, walk or bike there and back.


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Many people have asked about protesting high gas prices by not buying gasoline on April 15. Here is a graphic being shared on Facebook, modified to reflect what would make a real difference.