Your driving style can have a significant impact on the amount of gasoline you use. Remember to do the following when driving:
Drive the Speed Limit
Slowing down to observe the speed limit not only can conserve fuel but also avoid a speeding ticket and risk of a crash. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that every five miles per hour driven over 60 mph is like paying an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas. Leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination to avoid feeling rushed. That way you can arrive safely and with a little more fuel in the tank.
Be Gentle on the Gas and Brake Pedals
Instead of making quick starts and sudden stops, go easy on the gas and brake pedals. If there is a red light ahead, ease off the gas and coast up to it rather than waiting until the last second to brake. Once the light turns green, gently accelerate rather than making a quick start. The U.S. Department of Energy reports aggressive driving can lower a car’s fuel economy by up five percent around town and 33 percent at highway speed.
Your trunk isn’t a storage unit and the extra weight makes your car work harder. Taking out 100 pounds can boost gas mileage by two percent. And remember to take off your roof rack when you’re not using it.
Plan a “Trip Chain”
Combine several errands into one trip or with your daily commute. Use a GPS device or map to plot the safest, shortest and easiest route.
Start a Car Pool
It reduces gas expense and travel monotony.