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5 Reasons to Buy a Hybrid

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California was the first U.S. state to experience a drop in gasoline consumption in 2007, thanks largely to driving less and using hybrid vehicles. Just think of all the money they're not spending at the pump.
California was the first U.S. state to experience a drop in gasoline consumption in 2007, thanks largely to driving less and using hybrid vehicles. Just think of all the money they're not spending at the pump.
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To lower travel expenses, there are several options people have at hand. Going carless is one, and if the opportunity is there, it's possible to choose walking, biking or taking public transportation like buses and trains. Yet even with cars, commuters can lower costs and their environmental impact, too. Carpooling with a group of co-workers or classmates is one way to take an extra two or three cars off the road, and if everyone pitches in or takes turns driving, everyone in the group pays a fraction of what they'd pay if they were driving alone.

For some, of course, walking, biking, public transportation or carpooling doesn't necessarily work, and driving solo is the only option available. If this is the case, a hybrid car might be a good choice. A hybrid car owner typically spends less money at the pump, especially if most of the miles are spent driving at lower speeds -- that is, speeds where the electric motor is in use more often. It's important to note, however, that full hybrids and plug-in hybrids offer the best savings at the pump, since they use the available electric power more often; so-called mild hybrids, on the other hand -- which only use idle-stop systems to save fuel while coasting or at full stops -- don't deliver fuel savings on the same level.

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