Green Driver Training

Green driving is a great way to save money and drive cleaner. Several different surveys show that by driving carefully you can save between 5% and 30% on fuel costs. In May of 2011 Pierce County implemented a Fuel Reduction Policy to limit idling and reduce the use of expensive gasoline. Since 2010 Pierce County employees have reduced fuel use by 14.39% by driving more efficiently. Here are some quick tips to getting better fuel efficiency in your vehicle.
If you owned an Electric Vehicle you would not have to worry about saving gas. Most electric cars can travel over 1,000 miles for under $20. In 2016 Pierce County created the first of its kind Electric First Policy to make electric cars more visible in our fleet.   

15 Gas Savings Tips

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Don't idle your vehicle, for every 6 minutes of idling you waste enough gas to travel 1 mile
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Don't top-off gasoline, it can spill and it causes air quality problems
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Modern gasoline engines don't need to be warmed up so turn it on and go
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Park in the shade in the summer to avoid fuel evaporation
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Remove unnecessary bags and equipment that weigh down your car
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Fill up in the early morning or late evening to minimize fuel loss
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Avoid quick starts and quick stops and try to coast to red lights and stop signs when possible
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Tighten the gas cap to keep fuel and fumes from leaking
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Properly inflate your tires
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Use regular gas unless vehicle manual calls for a higher grade
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Use AC on the highway and open windows in slower traffic
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Keep your vehicle maintained according to vehicle guidelines 
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Use Waze or other technology apps to avoid traffic and limit idling.
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Each 5 mph over 50 mph can lower gas mileage by 7% or more 
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Combine trips when possible and try to avoid rush hour
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