Heartland Colleges Drive The Extra Mile

Heartland Colleges Drive The Extra Mile
By:  Lauren Keith


Cape Girardeau, MO -- Heartland colleges drive the extra mile to make sure their students make it to class.  They're worried the higher gas prices could cause students to skip classes and to stop that,Southeast Missouri State University leaders brought back the ride share program. 


Students interested in carpooling can email SEMO Dean of Students, Irene Ferguson.  Ferguson puts students names into a database, emails them back, and then the students can select among others who have similar class schedules.


At Shawnee Community College, students who regularly show up for class will be rewarded with free, one-time only gas cards, worth 20 bucks.


Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff is talking about cutting classes down to four days a week only.  That way, one less day of class means fewer trips to the six campuses, but again, this is only a proposal.



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Gas Saving Tips
  • If the car isn't moving, but the engine's running, you're getting 0 miles per gallon. Make all adjustments to mirrors, seat belts, hair, children - whatever - before starting up.
  • Turn off the engine whenever you'll be sitting for 60 seconds or more, and you'll save on gas.
  • Properly inflated tires will save money on fuel costs. Buy a decent tire gauge and use it. Also, make sure your tires are properly balanced - another gas-saver.
  • Don't use gasoline with a higher octane rating than is recommended in your car's owner's manual. "Higher octane = better performance" is nothing but a marketing ploy.
  • Replace your own air filter. It's incredibly cheap and easy, and can improve your gas mileage.
  • A tune-up, when needed, can cut your fuel costs as much as 20%. The trouble is, today's cars don't need the old fashioned kind of tune-up (points, plugs, condensers, idle adjustments) that we gladly paid for every 15,000 to 25,000 miles in the good old days. Read the recommendations in your owner's manual. You may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Sun shades, the kind you put in the windshield of your car, can do more than help keep the car cooler - they can also keep the dashboard and upholstery in better shape, and save fuel on hot days by reducing the load on your air conditioner.

Source:  Good Advice Press