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Hit the $60 fill-up? Ways to save on gas

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The skyrocketing cost of gas places a tough burden on businesses and households. Every trip we make, every order we ship, every flight we take—everything costs more.

Here’s what you can do, according to Rhonda Abrams, who writes a nationally syndicated column on small business strategies:

  • Go digital, rather than physically sending paper, products or people. Examples: Can your company hold web conferences instead of traveling to meetings? Can you send invoices, bills and proposals electronically instead of by mail?
  • Evaluate your shipping procedures and packing materials. By consolidating shipments, decreasing waste and finding lightweight alternatives, you can reduce costs.
  • Use the phone. Take care of routine business on the phone instead of in person. Before driving to an appointment, call to make certain your meeting is still on.
  • Make a driving plan for errands, instead of winging it. Eliminate trips by clustering appointments and destinations.
  • Park and walk. Don’t keep circling the area looking for the perfect parking place. Instead, park in a spot that’s good enough, then walk the extra distance. When possible, park in a central location to your meetings or errands and walk between them.
  • Remove excess materials from the back of your car. The heavier the load in your car, the more gas you use.
  • Drive when fewer cars are on the road. Sitting in rush-hour traffic uses up extra fuel. So if you commute—or have an appointment across town—try to avoid prime-time traffic.
  • Fill your gas tank in the coolest part of the day, early or late. Here’s why: Gasoline is denser when it’s cooler. Since you buy gasoline by volume, you get slightly more of it when it’s cool.

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