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Improve your car's gas mileage & fuel efficiency

With the average price of a gallon of gas topping more than $3 a gallon in Massachusetts, you might be looking for ways to minimize the amount of money you're spending at the pump. Below is a list of tips to help you drive more efficiently, keep your gas mileage down, and explore alternative means of transportation.

  • Drive less: Walk, take public transportation, carpool, and combine your errands into one long trip instead of several short ones.
  • Drive at or below the posted speed limit: For every 5 miles per hour you drive over 60, your car burns 5% more gas to travel the same distance.
  • Keep your car well maintained: Approximately 25% of all vehicles are running on under-inflated tires, making your engine work harder, and burning more fuel. Changing your air filter and transmission fluid on a regular basis can also prevent reduced fuel mileage.
  • Keep track of the weekly average gasoline prices in your area or along your commuting route and save money by using a credit or store card that offer rebates or reduced price for fuel purchases.

Transportation services for the elderly or disabled

Commuting and public transportation services are available throughout Massachusetts to help older adults and those who have a documented disability or special needs get to their appointments. Services include door-to-door or curb-to-curb paratransit services, free rides, and handicapped accessible buses.

Walking, hiking and biking

Looking for good outdoor trails for walking, hiking, or biking? Trail maps are available for many state parks through the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The electronic maps found on the DCR website are meant only as a guide, so be sure to pick up a printed map upon your arrival.