Cruise like Clooney

December 5, 2009

No folks. This is not a red rendition of the Batmobile. According to Tesla Motors, this hot Tesla Roadster can go 0-60 in less than six seconds. The catch? This hot rod is more than two times more efficient than a Prius. Starting at just over $100,000, this electric sports car uses about a gallon to every 120 miles! Alright, so it was a great buy for George Clooney who proudly owns other environmentally friendly cars, but $100,000 sounds more like lottery winnings — not the kind of cash we can afford to spend on the new family car.

The solution? Keep the minivan! By following a few simple steps, you’ll find yourself improving your mpg and filling up the tank less.

  • Don’t be aggressive. Accelerate slowly and avoid frequent breaking. Putting the pedal to the metal only results in burning more fuel and a speeding ticket.
  • According to, driving over 60 mph can actually decrease your car’s gas efficiency. The reason there is such a difference between city and highway fuel efficiency is because highways lack the frequent stop lights and stop-and-go traffic common to city streets — not because you’re speeding.
  • Think about what’s in your trunk right now. Do you need it? If not, you’re in luck because alleviating your car’s weight can increase your car’s efficiency. In fact, as reported by NH’s Department of Environmental Services, lightening your car’s weight load can result in enhancing your car’s fuel economy by two percent!

So, you don’t have a hundred grand in your wallet? No problem! You don’t have to be made of money to be able to drive in a fuel efficient car!