A-Z Index

Sustainability Strategies: Travel

  • (Office & Residential) Unless you are transporting goods, walk instead of driving when traveling on campus. It saves gas and is good exercise.
  • (Office & Residential) Gas Mileage Tips
    • Follow posted speed limits (especially when traveling on University business). Your gas mileage rate will improve, saving the University money.

    • Car pool when feasible. If it's going to be a big programming week, work with your fellow staff to combine trips.
    • Observe the speed limit:
      • While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.
      • You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.
      • Observing the speed limit is also safer.
      • Fuel economy benefit: 7%-23%.
      • Equivalent gasoline savings: $0.20-$0.67/gallon
    • Drive sensibly:
      • Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.
      • Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
    • Use Overdrive gears:
      • When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
    • Use cruise control:
      • Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
    • Avoid excessive idling:
      • Idling gets 0 miles per gallon.
      • Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.
    • Remove excess weight:
      • Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
        • Fuel economy benefit: 1-2%/100 lbs.
        • Equivalent gasoline savings: $0.03-$0.06/gallon