42. Save gas by using cruise control.


OK, now… we’re crusin’!

Save gas by walking, or 

Save gas by cruise control, or 

Save gas, buy electric (see post #9. Opt for a hybrid or fully electric vehicle.)! 


Using cruise control is like your subconscious chauffeur - who might not be the best at making turns, or breaking, but does like saving gas. This chauffeur can get you from point A to point C (without recalling point B), but you somehow made it and there’s a decent amount of fuel in your tank. Cue the ‘gas-savings’ animated emoji!


To help you “Save gas by using cruise control"  here’s a simple 2-step process:


  1. Turn on cruise control
  2. Put down that book, stop doom scrolling on your phone, watch out for that deer, and save gas.   


Your future you is happy you’re simplifying your life, keeping your driving at a steady pace, and paying attention to the road ahead (hint: that’s where your ‘Future You’ lives). Your Future You also gave up on doom scrolling in 2027, so you’ve been warned.


P.S. -  It’s been reported that corporate housing companies also help ‘save gas by using cruise control’ by putting your housing on auto-pilot. The energy and time saved by living in a furnished monthly rental is equivalent to your cruise control gas savings, but with a little more conscious effort, and a little more convenience and lot less social media distractions (unless, of course, you’re reading this on social media).

This series is focused on Simple Sustainable Actions - based on Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.



42. Save gas by using cruise control.

Cruise control is surprisingly sustainable. It goes back to avoiding braking and fast accelerating. At a steady pace with your foot off the accelerator, a vehicle uses less gas, so it's safe to say that if you're going on a long trip, cruise control is a meaningful way to cut back on emissions.