Brunswick County reminds drivers about fuel conservation tips as areas see reduced supplies due to Colonial Pipeline cyber attack
BOLIVIA, N.C. — As fuel stations in the county and surrounding areas continue to see reduced fuel supplies due to the recent Colonial Pipeline Company cybersecurity attack, Brunswick County is taking steps to remain prepared and remind residents and visitors about best conservation practices.
While Brunswick County does not have control over fuel supply and distribution to our county, our team is monitoring the situation and has already taken steps to conserve its internal fuel supplies to support emergency services, public safety, and critical utility and infrastructure needs as well as possible in the coming days.
However, with the uncertainty about when fuel supplies will increase, it is important that we all take steps to conserve fuel to avoid creating potentially dangerous lines or congestion around gas stations.
If you are visiting Brunswick County this week and have concerns about returning home this weekend, you are encouraged to remain patient and conserve your fuel as much as possible. Contact your rental agency for questions and to discuss your options if fuel supplies continue to restrict your ability to commute.
Here are tips from the U.S. Department of Energy on ways you can conserve fuel:
- Minimize idling your car by turning off your engine when your vehicle is parked for more than 10 seconds. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use, adding up to three cents of wasted fuel a minute.
- Drive sensibly and avoid aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking. Aggressive driving can lower your highway gas mileage by up to 33% and your city mileage by 5%.
- Avoid high speeds. Above 50 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly. For every 5 mph above 50 mph, it’s like paying an additional $0.19 per gallon of gasoline.
- Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks, which can decrease your fuel economy by up to 8% in city driving and up to 25% at Interstate speeds.
- Avoid keeping heavy items in your car; an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could increase your gas costs by up to $.03 cents per gallon.
- Combine errands. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
- Check into telecommuting, carpooling, public transit and active transportation like bicycling or walking to save on fuel and car maintenance costs.
The County also does not anticipate impacts to its COVID-19 vaccination operations this week. Individuals who still want a vaccine this week can find vaccine providers closer to where they live or work at https://myspot.nc.gov/
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