Public transportation and carpooling are not options for me. I have to drive myself to work. Normally I’d drive 75 mph or so on the freeway. I’ve reduced my speed to 60 and leave for work earlier than normal. I used to accellerate rapidly; not burning rubber, but enough that I could “feel the power” from the engine. Now I accellerate more slowly. If I can avoid traffic I can get 25 mpg instead of 18 or 19. Since there are unavoidable traffic jams (approaching the “Orange Crush” and LAX) my mileage drops to an average of 22 or 23 mpg.
I need to get the chain replaced on my (50 mpg) motorcycle. Not only does the bike get much better mileage, but I can avoid tailbacks. (Unfortunately a new chain, sprockets, tires and a tuneup will cost about $600. Maybe the tires can wait a bit…)
So what are the rest of you doing to save gas and money?