When you are getting ready to go to the store or run errands, think about combining trips to limit the amount of miles you drive. Or, do you really even need to make that extra trip?
- Combining errands in to one trip saves you time and money.
- Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
- Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed-up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel.
- By combining trips you can also help reduce pollution.
How to combine trips:
Make a list of the errands and trips you need to make that day, or even that week and then write down together the ones that can be accomplished in one outing.
For example, postpone the trip to the grocery store until you go out to pick up the kids from school. Schedule your kids activities so they are on the same days around the same times, this way you only have to make one big loop to drop them off and pick them up.