Hartsdale resident Gerri Willis is an anchor and host of The Willis Report on the FOX Business Network at 5 PM/ET daily (Cablevision, Channel 106). She will present a special report on Thursday evening at 8 PM/ET to look at the pain we have all been feeling at the pump. “The Willis Report: Gas Price Shock” will explore the rising cost of gas and oil in the United States and examine the key influences causing the spike in gas prices.
Willis resides right here in Westchester, so she especially understands our struggles and below she offers some tips on how to avoid the pain at the pump. Keep a lookout for an in-depth interview with Willis that we’ll be posting next week!
Lose the lead foot. Driving fast increases turbulence and thus your fuel consumption.. the federal government says that driving like a race car driver can reduce fuel efficiency by 33 percent.
Get the junk out of your trunk
Carrying around a lot of heavy gear makes your car weigh more and raises fuel consumption. Make your ride more aerodynamic by ditching the kayak carry. Any loaded roof rack increases drag.
The shortest distance between two points.. is always on Google maps
Don’t drive around unnecessarily – if you’ve got lots of stops on Saturday morning make sure you are taking the shortest routes.
Use cruise control when possible
Your car’s computer is better at maintaining an even speed than mere mortals – if you’re taking a long highway trip, use it
Pulse and Glide
Okay, if you want to go for the big savings, do what the savings-obsessed hypermilers do, accelerate and then ease back so that your car glides. This technique is only for hybrid vehicle owners. The first step – get your car to 30 or 40 MPH. Step Two: ease back slightly on the accelerator until no energy arrows appear on the monitor. That means your vehicle is neigther relying on the engine or recharging the battery. That’s when the car glides and the savings begin. When the vehicle slows back down to 30 miles per hour, repeat the process. By minimizing your use of the internal combustion engine, you can improve fuel economy.