Tips On Driving More Efficiently:
Use overdrive gears:
When you use overdrive gearing, your vehicle’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine ware.
Use cruise control:
Using cruise control on the highway helps maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
Avoid excessive idling:
Idling gets 0 mpg. Generally the larger your engine the more gas you are burning while idling.
Remove excess weight (Fuel economy benefit 1-2%):
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your mpg by up to 2%. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
Observe the speed limit (Fuel economy benefit 7-23%:)
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds over 60 mph. By observing the speed limit you can help save gas.
Drive Sensibly (Fuel economy benefit 5-33%):
Aggressive driving (Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Sensible driving is safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
By: Brad B.