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You don’t have to purchase a hybrid car to be an eco-friendly driver. When it comes to going green, there’s actually a potential for saving money. Here are some valuable tips that can help any driver go green to help save some green—and what better time to do it than with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner?

Don’t Drive Like A Maniac

So you had a bad day, your boss got mad at you, your girlfriend broke up with you, and things are just going downhill; the most logical thing is to aggressively drive home, and yell while doing it! Right? Wrong. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you! Driving sensibly could lower your gas mileage. In fact, according to the EPA, aggressive driving can actually lower your gas mileage by 33% if you’re on the highway (5% if you’re driving in the city). So next time you’re driving, take a deep breath and remember: your car isn’t responsible. Don’t take it out on him (or her)!

Lighten The Load

You know that set of heavy weights in your back seat that have been there since college and that you told yourself you would unload into your new apartment? You really should start working out again. Hauling extra weight in your car, on the roof of it, or on the back of it could drastically lower fuel economy. Just think: you’re getting fit and saving money. Win-win!

Fill ‘Em Up! Your Tires, That Is

It should go without saying that your car can’t properly function on a flat tire. But according to a study from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 33% of light trucks and 25% of cars have at least one underinflated tire. And 3-8% had all four underinflated. This could actually decrease fuel economy by 10% and reduce the life of your tires by about a year. To prevent spending money on new tires and on more fuel to get you where you’re going, make sure they’re properly inflated.

Carpool It Up

Look, we know it sounds cliché, but carpooling these days doesn’t mean getting rides from your friend’s parents to and from soccer games. Got a co-worker that lives near you? Have a friend who’s heading to the same event this weekend? Carpooling saves money and goes easy on the environment. Need to find someone to carpool with? Look no further than your phone! With apps like hitch-a-ride, you’ll be able to save on gas money in no time.

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