Did you know that simply by driving sensibly you can lower your fuel consumption by as much as 33%! According to the EPA, if you put the following tips into practice you might be surprised at how much you can save and how much farther you can drive on a tank of gas.
- Stay within the speed limit. The EPA claims that every 5 miles per hour you drive over 60 MPH is like paying $.24 more per gallon. So if you have a real heavy foot, you could be paying $10-$15 bucks a fill up just to maintain your speeding habits! It goes without saying that observing the speed limit is also safer for you and your passengers and you can also feel better that you your vehicle is emitting less emissions over time.
- Remove Unnecessary Weight. Your car doesn’t have to be your storage locker! Unless you have to, try to avoid carrying unnecessary stuff in your vehicle (and especially heavy stuff). This DOES NOT mean removing your spare tire and other emergency items! An extra 100 lbs in your car can lower your fuel efficiency by 1-2% or cost you an extra $.04 - $.08 per gallon.
- Avoid Idling When Possible. If you can’t move for an extended period of time, why use gas “not to move”. Despite what you might think, starting a car uses way less gas than idling for minutes on end.
- If You Have Cruise Control…Use It! For those of you that struggle with speeding, cruise control is a great way to combat your need to speed because it can keep you locked in at a lower more efficient (and safer) speed.
- Use That Overdrive Gear on Your Shifter. The lower the RPM of your engine, the less fuel you are consuming, so if your vehicle has an overdrive gear, try to use it when ever possible because its entire purpose is to maintain ground speed while lowering engine speed.
I hope the above tips give you some food for thought on some very simple ways you can get more miles out of your next tank of gas, drive at safer speeds and be friendlier to the environment. You can click here to visit a great website by the EPA that discusses the above tips, the data sources for the above data and other helpful advice on fuel savings and lowering emissions.