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Drive less

The best way to reduce fuel consumption is to drive less. There are lots of options available to you:

  • Take public transportation - Check out our Transit page to find public transportation options near you, or use our My Plan to Go feature to plan your trip from doorstep to doorstep.
  • Bicycle or Walk - Incorporate your workout into your daily routine, whether you walk or bike to work, the grocery store, or to a friend's house. Visit our bicycle/walk page to get started.
  • Carpool - Share your trip with just one person and save 50% on gas and maintenance costs. Join NuRide to find travelers that live and work near you – for every “green” trip that you log on NuRide, you can get points that can be redeemed for rewards at local retailers and restaurants.
  • Vanpool - Tired of your long commute? Try vanpooling and save over 75% off your annual commuting costs. Learn more on our vanpool page.
  • Telework - Why travel at all? If your employer offers an option for teleworking or a compressed work week, try it out. You may find you are more productive leaving that commute to someone else. If you are interested in learning how to establish a telework policy at your worksite, contact us.

Find your local Park and Ride Lot

Meet your carpool or vanpool, or catch the bus at one of the Commonwealth's free lots just for commuters. Lots are conveniently located throughout Massachusetts. Find one in your area.

Need a new car? Look for a fuel-efficient vehicle

Buying, leasing, or renting a vehicle is the most important fuel economy decision you can make. The difference between a car that gets 20 mpg and one that gets 30 mpg is about $800 per year. That's $4,000 over five years. So, if you are in the market for a new car, consider choosing a more fuel-efficient vehicle and start seeing the savings add up.

Take the road less traveled

Do you know those secret back roads that avoid the rush-hour traffic? Take them. Idling in traffic wastes time and gas, and you may have a chance to use more of these great smart driving tips if you are not surrounded by other vehicles.


Avoid short trips by car if you can, or combine them with other errands to save time and money. When combining your trips, go to your farthest destination first and work your way back. This ensures your vehicle is warmed up as much as possible before subjecting it to multiple start and stops.

Avoid peak traffic

If your employer offers a flexible work schedule, try adjusting your shift so you avoid the worst of the traffic rush.