Consumer Alert: How to Save Money on Gas

With gas prices on the rise, the Union County Board of Commissioners advises residents on simple ways to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles, without paying for additives or special products that may not work as claimed.

“When gas prices go up, it is common to see advertisements for additives or products that supposedly boost fuel efficiency. Don’t fall for a scam. Drivers can make a substantial improvement in their miles per gallon by observing a few common sense rules of the road,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.

A shift in driving habits can potentially increase fuel efficiency by double digits for gas or diesel vehicles, depending on the driver’s previous practices.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that just three basic habits make the biggest difference in the fuel efficiency of gas or diesel cars:

  1. Follow the posted speed limit
  2. Avoid sudden starts and stops
  3. Never idle the engine when parked

EPA also advises these helpful measures:

  • Minimize excess weight by removing unnecessary items from the trunk or cargo area
  • If available, use the cruise control or “eco” settings
  • Use the AC and other accessories only when needed

Keeping up with the vehicle’s routine maintenance schedule and checking the tires for proper inflation can also help with fuel conservation.

Drivers who can use alternative modes of transportation can trim their fuel costs by carpooling or sharing rides for shopping and other errands, shopping locally, using mass transit, and walking or biking when possible.

Taking advantage of local opportunities for recreation, entertainment and cultural appreciation can also help. Visit ucnj.org to see a season-by-season, week-by-week list of activities and programs in Union County parks and other venues in Union County.

For an overview of all transportation modes in Union County visit The ConneXion at ucnj.org/connect.

Quick links to all environmental programs and activities hosted by Union County are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.

For more details about fuel-saving habits for drivers, visit the U.S. Department of Energy at  https://afdc.energy.gov.

The EPA also provides additional guidance on maximizing the mileage for hybrid and all-electric vehicles at epa.gov/greenvehicles.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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