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Reducing the dependency on gas

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I walk everywhere except to get to and from work and occasionally to go visit family or friends who live farther away. Luckily my neighborhood has everything I need within walking distance and I only work four days a week. I only drive about 150 miles per week now which costs me about 15 bucks in gas.

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My fiance and I just moved within minutes of our workplaces. We previously had two separate places, one in Monroe (~40 minute drive from my office) and another in Charlotte (~20 minute drive from my office) when we both work in Concord (north of Charlotte). I am now just 3.5 miles from work (about 5 minutes) and my fiance is roughly 15 minutes from her work.

I do drive a car which requires premium fuel but since my move I can hold out nearly two weeks without filling up. We both own bikes but do not use it for commuting, only recreational and exercise purposes.

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As far a personally, I am combining/reducing errand trips and have been walking to the shopping center for groceries/etc. (It's only 2 blocks from the house.) I don't drive my personal vehicle much, mainly just for trips. But even though it's a large SUV I haven't felt the pinch of the higher prices much. If I did drive my personal car daily for commuting, I would have definitely traded smaller by now.

I have a minivan I drive for work, and we get almost daily emails on how to improve MPG and efficiency. However, my job still require me to clock around 1-1.5K miles per week.

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Living in a small college town has some advantages. Most places I need to go on a daily basis are not far away at all. 10 minutes at the most if I catch the bad light. That said, I guess don't do much to 'save' gas since I have to drive everywhere other than not driving unless its necessary.

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I don't own a car.

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Well, I'm in Salzburg, Austria now without a card and no bus ticket.. so I walk everywhere.

Also, the buses that I take are electrified, so no gas is used. The trains that we take to get places are also electrified, so I can safely say that except a few diesel bus trips I haven't used any gas since February 25th.

This summer I plan on decking out my bike so I can bike places (getting a little basket to carry stuff.)

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i am going to buy a moped that gets a about 100 mpg ( and its a moped 1979, lol)

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I don't have a car. My dependence is mesured in my need for products that are driven into my city and hood.

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I carpool whenever i can... hmmmm... instead of driving 80-100mph, im driving 65-70..... then theres the bus near me to go to school and a few other places along the route which i still havent done yet... thats about all i can come up with. Then theres other things like turning off the car if im idling and not using the AC too. Ill even let the car roll at a stop light and avoid braking at all costs.

I drive a 11mpg city/15mpg highway SUV temporarly so it sucks a lot!!!!! Used to have a mazda that got 35 on the highway/29 in the city!

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Too be honest I haven't done much yet, but I guess not many 17 year-olds do. But this summer I will most likely start riding my bike to work which is about 4,5 miles away so not far at all.

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I work as a delivery person in the city of Detroit...that means that I have 139 square miles to cover. On a typical day at work I will drive about 75 miles, even though I only live about 3 miles from my job. I typically do not drive much outside of work, though, now that I am living in the city. I live 3 blocks from the Michigan Avenue bus, and 3 blocks from the Livernois Avenue bus, so that makes it relatively easy to get anywhere in the city using the city of Detroit's poorly planned, somewhat reliable mass transit system.

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Well, I bought SUV, but I only drive a few times a week now that school is not in session. I consolidate my trips and since I don't have to commute, I only go out during the less peak times so I'm sitting in traffic less. I live very close to all my shopping too, so the trips are not too long.

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After being in Ann Arbor, Michigan so long and enjoying the benefits of FREE mass transporation, and taking dirt cheap train rides to Detroit and Chicago, I discovered just how expensive it was to finally be driving all over the place. The last time I owned a car was 3 years ago before I went off to college where parking is scarce. I just recently bought a car again, and I'm getting sick of the $50 fill ups about every week lately just driving to Pistons games in Detroit or visiting friends. Currently I'm home in the Tri-Cities which has a decent regional bus system. I also ride my bike to my temporary job since it's so close. I may be moving to Grand Rapids soon, and they have a very good bus system that I plan to use.

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i no longer do 75 on the highway unless i am running late or it's late at night (i have been known to fall asleep when i get tired). it's actually increased my mileage by 4-5 mpg, but it really pisses other people off when i'm only doing 5 mph over the speed limit (especially here in RI).

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Does anyone know what the best speed to go is mileage-wise?

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Does anyone know what the best speed to go is mileage-wise?

it's between 55 and 65... i think for most cars it's around 2500 RPM. use cruise control whenever possible.

of course since the highways here are all 65 mph speed limits, i set my cruise at about 70 or just below. it has really improved my mileage.

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it's between 55 and 65... i think for most cars it's around 2500 RPM. use cruise control whenever possible.

of course since the highways here are all 65 mph speed limits, i set my cruise at about 70 or just below. it has really improved my mileage.

Agreed

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Too be honest I haven't done much yet, but I guess not many 17 year-olds do. But this summer I will most likely start riding my bike to work which is about 4,5 miles away so not far at all.

get a moped, seriously, you can get one for real cheap, and they get awesome gas mileage

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