As process servers, part of the job description includes driving. And then some more driving.
Since today is Earth Day, we thought we’d share some tips with you on how you can conserve fuel even when some days require you to travel hundreds of miles.
Clean out your car.
We all have used our cars as somewhat of a storage space at some point, particularly in the summer when you tend to leave the beach chairs and camping equipment in the trunk for the next time you’ll use them. Unless you’re using the items on a daily basis though, take them out of your car to help conserve fuel. Every extra 100 pounds of weight reduces fuel economy by 1%.
Replace your tires/make sure they are properly inflated
Under-inflated tires can increase your rolling resistance and bring your mileage down by 0.3% for every 1psi drop in pressure. Take the time to check your tire pressure weekly.
Change your oil.
Replacing your oil is not only great for helping to extend the life of your vehicle, but also helps with fuel economy.
Replace your air filter
Along with your oil, your air filter should be changed regularly. Air filters can become clogged with bugs, dust and dirt which results in too much fuel being burned for the amount of air, wasting fuel and causing your engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.
Avoid speeding, rapid acceleration and braking
Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking all contribute to wasting gas, lowering your gas mileage by up to 33% at highway speeds and 5% around town.
While avoiding driving isn’t a possibility as a process server, there are certain things which can be done to increase fuel efficiency and reduce the impact on the environment. Have any more suggestions? Let us know below.
Happy Earth Day!