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Two nights ago after work, I was driving home while observing the prices of regular gas. From what I've seen closer to Boston, the regular gas price is hanging around the range of $4.10 - $4.20. In Malden, so far the regular gas prices are hanging around $3.95 - $3.99; it seems that of Malden's gas stations are reluctant to increase their price to $4.00. Even with the prices in the high $3.90s, everyone is feeling the burn in their pockets.
How can I fight this? To tell you the truth, having a nationwide ban on gas won't help as much. You need to have gas to drive your car, and you need your car to get to work. So a lot of people don't like that idea.
Here are some tips I've adopted from many websites, friends, family, and from personal experiences.
1) If you need to get to a place that is in a comfortable walking distance (meaning that you can get there without being late, being too exhausted, or being out in the heat), you shouldn't jump into your car. Instead grab your bicycle, or put on some running/walking shoes, and walk to your destination! Like I said many times in the past blogs, physical activity will lead to a better and healthy life. Stay active by walking, jogging, and biking to where you want to go!
2) Take public transportation. Sure, the bus and train prices have increased a lot in the past few years. But paying $1.25 with your CharlieCard (plastic rechargable money card that gives you quick access to the MBTA) is worth it. Would you rather spend $20 for 5 gallons of gas (assuming your car can hold 22 miles per gallon when you do some city driving), or save a lot by traveling the same distance with a $1.25?
3) Continue with scheduled maintenance. It is always good to change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, and do other types of maintenance jobs on your vehicle. Keeping your car in top shape will help your engine and other parts of your car to last longer. There is a possibility your car will have better fuel efficiency also.
4) Don't use the air conditioner when its comfortable outside. I've seen people (at times that includes me) use the AC when its not too hot outside. Using the AC consumes more gas. It is alright to use the AC during the hot weather, but it is smart not to use it when the temperatures aren't soaring into the upper 90s and the heat index is close to 110.
5) Don't "gun" it or go over the speed limit. There are two main reasons why there are speed limits. Number 1 - safety of other drivers. Number 2 - help save gas. Time to get into physics... When you drive above the speed limit (let's say 65 over 55mph limit), your car will experience more resistance or drag force from the atmosphere. More force your car has to overcome, the more gas you will consume. I don't remember where I saw this but I remember that 55mph is the best speed to drive if you want to save gas. Also, pressing hard on the pedal will consume more gas.
6) Keep your tires inflated. This may be included in your regular maintenance schedule, but I think its best to always check your tire pressure in your car. If you drive your vehicle with somewhat deflated tires, your car will drag more. Let's use this analogy - when you go to the beach and walk on the sand, you noticed that its very difficult to walk. You use more energy trying to walk on a tough terrain. When you walk on the boardwalk, it is a lot easier and you use less energy. This is exactly what happens to your vehicle with deflated tires. Your vehicle will require more gas to reach your destination. More gas, more waste.
That is all I can think of for now, but there are tons of resources out there in the Internet. Recently, Governor Patrick launched a website that contains valuable information about gas prices with hints and tips. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GOVERNOR'S GASOLINE SITE!
Well time for me to help out with my brother's graduation party! I hope you all have a great weekend!! If you want to say anything about what I've said in my blog, you can leave a comment by clicking the "Comments" button above my blog post.
Have you ever found yourself driving around looking for the lowest regular gas price? Have you ever driven up to a gas station, look at the regular gas price, and say certain phrases such as, "You got to be serious?!" or "Well, there goes my paycheck" or other expletive group of words that I can't dare to put in this blog post (and get fired)? Well, I bet most of you feel the tension at the pump, especially those who have a high volume tank, or a gas-eating SUV. Even with a fuel efficient car, it seems like I use more gas looking around for a "cheap" gas station. There is a way where you can save gas without even hoping into your good ol' automobile. I've noticed a rise in gas price websites in the past few years. The following websites helped me find the "cheapest" gas prices in a particular area:
wbztv.com gas price check
MassachusettsGasPrices.com - gas prices based on driver feedback
Here is an interesting link. If you are (still) planning to take a roadtrip to another part of the country, AAA created a road trip fuel cost calculator. Included in this calculator is your starting city, your destination, and your vehicle information. This is a helpful calculator that will help you determine how much money you will need to keep your car on the road (and be less stressed-out). Obviously, with the variable gas prices, your total cost also varies.
Here is the link for that: http://www.fuelcostcalculator.com/.
With internet research, you can find ways to save up on gas without searching the city for the "cheapest" gas prices. Like I said, this approach to saving money has helped me beat out the pump. This is my theory if you take this approach. If you head to one of those websites and find a "good" gas station, you will save some gas since you haven't left your house yet. Since you haven't left your house and hopped into your car, you are also being "green" by of course saving gas, and reducing the release of more carbon dioxide/monoxide or other harmful gases. With less harmful gases, there will be less pollution. Okay, okay, that may be a stretch, but I believe that by being smart at the pump and spending less time worrying and searching for the least inexpensive regular gas price, you will survive the year. Any little change in your routine (such as less joyriding), your pockets will be a bit fuller than before, and like I said, less harmful gases will be extracted. So yeah, it's like saving the world little at a time.
Throughout the semester I will continue to give tips and particular websites that I find helpful for my trips to Lowell. Next week, I will talk about car maintanence and how important it is to "keep up" with vehicle appointments.
In a side note, I'm planning to take a 3-hr online course this weekend so I can be a certified Babe Ruth coach. This means that I can coach an all-star team and actually be a "real" baseball coach. Fun stuff. My baseball team is doing good, but not as good as I thought the team would. Our record is 3-3 and we are still in the race to make it to the Malden Babe Ruth Playoffs. If all goes well, we should be able to dominate.
I hope all is well for everyone! Have a good day, stay safe, and take it easy!
- Coach Christian Tiongson
Casey Hobart Photography 2008