View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
WITH GAS PRICES liable to skyrocket again, here's how to pare down your gas bills-and treat the planet a bit more kindly.
* Drive sensibly: Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 5% around town and 33% at highway speeds.
* Observe the speed limit: Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional 6% per gallon.
* Avoid excessive idling.
* Use cruise control or overdrive gears.
* Keep your engine properly tuned: Fixing a car that's noticeably out of tune or that's failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by about 4% though results may vary. If your car has a faulty oxygen sensor, having it repaired may improve your gas mileage as much as 40%.
* Check and replace air filters regularly: Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 10%.
* Keep your tires properly inflated: This step can improve your gas mileage by over 3%.
* Use the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil: Improve your gas mileage by 1% to 2% by using this oil.
* Combining errands into one trip saves you money-and time.
* Travel smart to and from work: If possible, take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs, or use public transit if you can.
* Travel smart on road trips: Using a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1% to 2%.
* Choose a more efficient vehicle.
If you're thinking about buying a new vehicle, visit http://www.fueleconomy. gov to find the most fuel-efficient vehicle that will meet your needs. The difference between a car that gets 20 miles per gallon (MPG) and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $3,000 over 5 years (based on 15,000 miles per year and gas prices of $3 per gallon).
Source: Adapted from http://www.fueleconomy.gov.
Find in-depth content on major issues provided by leading companies in partnership with NursingCenter.com
BD Safety Beyond Needlestick Prevention Learning Center
Sponsored by BD Medical
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top