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With escalating gas prices, are you doing anything to save money on fuel? What?

As a Realtor serving Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, I try to coordinate my days. On the days I commute, I show property, go to the office, check signs and flyer boxes, run errands, etc. Naturally, I use my GPS to find the shorter routes. Other days, I make phone calls, network, and work on technology from home.  —Debbie Da Silva, broker associate, Prudential Network Realty

I mark out a daily route for everything. Because my mileage is a tax deduction, I make sure that any stops I need to make are included either on my way out or on my way back in to my home. This saves on gas, time, and wear and tear on the car. —Cheri Jones, Owner, Angel Care and C. J. Services Workforce

Winn-Dixie and Shell have teamed up for a “Fuel Perks” program. You save a few pennies, but every bit counts, right? —Carlos Gil, CEO/Founder,


We also take advantage of Winn-Dixie’s fuelperks! program that gives discounts on gas purchases at participating Shell stations. It’s easy to amass discounts of 50 cents per gallon or more when doing your weekly grocery shopping. The key is using the new Customer Reward Card— it gets you discounts in the store and then gets you discounts at the pump. —W. Patrick McSweeney, APR, senior account manager, St. John & Partners

I hate to track mileage for my business, but I am forcing myself to make it a habit.   —Celesia Laymon, Owner, Jax Media, LLC

One way is to ride JTA. Once a week or more will help save on gas, save on frustration at other drivers on the road, and give you time to relax before you get to the office. —Lucille Ferry, CEO, The Foxglove Foundation, Inc.


I am really looking at trading in my current vehicle for a more fuel efficient one. I thought 21 miles to the gallon was good, but man is it expensive (especially right now). —Kimberly Deas, director of marketing, Tioli Marketing


I map out my destinations so I don’t burn excessive gas. I can’t do anything different concerning the cost of gas except to pray and keep God first in my life. I still have to go to work and attend business meetings, church services, and other social events. Life goes on and I continue to use wisdom in my decision making. —Victoria Poller CEO, Ms. “V”s

I combine trips and try to do a better job of targeting which meetings to attend.  —Keith Johnson, principal, Keith E. Johnson CPA PA



I bought a used 2010 Toyota Prius. I drive 45% city/55% freeway, and I get an average of 60 miles per gallon. —Christine-Anne Platel, president/owner/life coach and voice movement therapist, Conscious Connections

I recommend scanning and emailing documents and paperwork versus site visits.  —Greg Craddock, vice president, PEO Professionals



I am not driving as much, am carpooling more, buying gas earlier in the morning when it’s cooler outside (gas expands in heat), and only pumping the gas at half speed (keeps vapors lower). I also invested in bicycles for the whole family. We live in the Oceanway/Dames Pointe area of town, so sidewalks are sporadic; however, people have been accommodating. If it’s 3 miles or less, we bike.  —Eric Doss, channel account manager, AT&T

I think twice about how to plan my routes and only drive when necessary and I use the GAS BUDDY APP on my iPhone to find the lowest prices near me. It is great.  —Peter Gentry, managing broker, Florida Commercial Real Estate Services LLC

1. Drive the speed limit. 2. Use cruise control as much as possible. 3. Keep your cars RPMs under 2,000 as much as possible. I drive 28 miles a day to work and I get about 2.5 to 3 weeks on a 16 gallon tank of gas in a 2003 Camry. It takes patience and persistence, but it can be done.   —Jim Macdonald, Guardsmark LLC

It has definitely caused me to be more organized before I head out the door. —Heather Stockton, president, Stockton Construction


These are all great ideas for saving gas personally but my thoughts went back to when I had a company with 42 step vans on the street every day. We had a computer system designed to route the deliveries (I am sure that would be off the shelf by now). Put a map and a GPS in each vehicle. Create limits for the deliveries you do in house, consider outsourcing delivery to someone else, develop a surcharge when fuel costs reach some pre-established level. And more than anything else train the drivers to think, the customers to be realistic, and the staff to be creative. Ask them to think strategically about how to solve these issues every day. It will be the people on the front lines who will come up with the answers if they are trained, encouraged and rewarded to think strategically.   —John Chappelear, President, Changing the Focus, LLC

I sell real estate and so I have to drive…. but I am working from home as much as possible. —Joanne Samuelson, TRC, e-PRO, CDPE, IRES, CIPS, realtor, RE/MAX Specialists

For full size pickup trucks, cargo vans, and SUVs, the rear axle differential ratio makes a difference in fuel economy. A 4:10 ratio gives you great load pulling capability but it’s not efficient at highway speeds. A 3:31 axle (ex; Ford F150) will get the best fuel economy but it won’t pull a heavy load easily.   —Robert Smith, commercial vehicle leasing agent, GT Leasing

I don’t go unless it’s absolutely necessary, drive the speed limit, use cruise control, keep tire pressure up and use 5W-20 Synthetic motor oil. I drive a Ford Fusion Sport V6 and average about 23 to 25 mpg on the road, about 17 to 18 in town. I also use the Internet to its fullest extent for public records, maps, aerials wetlands info environmental mapping, etc.   —Charles Gardner, MAI, C S Gardner & Associates, Inc.

I suggest turning off air conditioning if you can stand it and leave your windows cracked, but not all the way open—too much drag resistance. I drive a Tahoe and have noted on the average mileage calculation that air conditioning can decrease mpg by as much as two mpg. I also still see people leaving their cars idling with the ac on while they go in convenience stores. Driving 65 mph instead of 70 also increases mpg by one to two. If you’re in need of new tires, check the style to make sure you get an efficient tread design, this makes a big difference too. When I have to trade in the Tahoe, I definitely will get a smaller vehicle, more fuel efficient.  —Harry Way, southeast sales manager/chocolate specialist, Netzsch Fine Particle Technology

The Gate gas stations are selling a free, re-loadable gas card that saves you 3 cents per gallon. You simply give them the cash and they load the card. Then use the card at the pump as you would any credit card.  —Jerrell Williams, property manager, Turnkey Property Management

I also use the Winn-Dixie and Shell “Fuel Perks” from time to time. And yes, every penny you can save helps.   —Gloria Roden, private consultant


We are taking second looks at appointments and meetings, trying to move as much as possible to online venues, not as business effective, but more cost effective.  —Jim Frank, president, Safe Harbor Solutions, LLC

Little to no recreational driving and linking trip purposes to a single trip.  —Sam Bunting, sales and marketing manager, Servpro’s of Mandarin, The Beaches, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine


I use my Winn Dixie card at Shell. I grocery shop for my elderly Parents and for my family. I sometimes save up to .90 cents per gallon. Always get at least 20 gallons to get the full benefit of the discount. You just have to use before the end of the month because it goes away each month.   —Rebecca Gold , special assignment officer, Supervisor of Elections

Yes, I use the Winn Dixie gas card too. Plus my wife had to buy a new car, so she purchased one with 4 cylinders instead of the 6 she had earlier, much better mileage!   —Chuck Hall, owner, Web Marketing of North Florida

My hubby & I have a SUV and a pretty fuel efficient car. As long as I don’t need to move furniture that day, we decide who will be driving more and they get the car. It’s a bit inconvenient but it is paying off!  —Christy McCarthy, owner, Interiors Revitalized

I use the Gate card and the Winn Dixie, too. I live in a rural area and work from home, so there was no reason to have two cars. I sold my car and bought a 150cc scooter. I use the scooter for running around to do small errands. When I need the car, or the weather is not good, I take my partner to work and use the car during the day.   —Susan Smith, ranger, educator, entrepreneur

Currently I am consolidating trips so that that I only drive when I have too and I am watching my RPM making sure my driving is more efficient.   —Hector Cisneros, president, Website Know How

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