How to use less gas when you are driving
Current gas prices in Puerto Rico are about a dollar and ten cents per liter ($4.15 a gallon) as of March 15, 2022. As gas prices inevitably continue to rise, you will want to conserve your fuel as much as you possibly can. Thankfully, there are several efficient and easy ways to do so.
The first way to conserve gas while you drive is to do your best to maintain a consistent speed as much as you can. When your speed lowers and increases more often, your engine has to work harder and will need to use more fuel. When you can, use cruise control. Another way to avoid burning up unnecessary amounts of fuel when you drive is to accelerate slowly rather than pressing the pedal into the floor. Again, big changes in speed in just a few moments over-works your engine which eats more gas.
Try to avoid braking when possible because doing so wastes forward motion that you already spent fuel on to achieve. Thus, you should coast to slow down when possible. Finally, try to avoid sitting in traffic if possible. Sitting in traffic with your car running is an obvious waste of gas. Do your best to drive only during less busy times of the day.
How to drive less
The most efficient way to save your fuel is to drive less frequently. This obviously is not always possible, but it is something to consider and make your best effort with. With high volumes of traffic at times in areas like San Juan, this can even save you some time in certain situations in addition to saving you money.
The best and most obvious way to accomplish this is to walk and or ride a bike when possible. In areas like San Juan, this will be much easier as everything is much closer together. For longer distances, this likely will not be a possibility. You can also consider taking the bus or, in San Juan, you can take El Tren Urbano which is Puerto Rico’s equivalent to the subway. These options will only cost a couple of bucks and will be considerably cheaper than driving with the current fuel prices.
Gas is quite expensive these days and all signs point to it getting even more expensive. As a result, you will want to avoid wasting as much fuel as possible. You can do so by avoiding excessive and unnecessary acceleration when possible, avoiding traffic as much as you can and by using alternative methods of transportation such as walking or taking the bus if possible.