Sure, gas prices have dropped a little. But that’s no reason to drive like you have bottomless pockets! Here are a few tips on how to improve your fuel economy.
LIGHT AS A FEATHER.
By the far, the worst thing you can do for your fuel economy is to drive aggressively. According to HowStuffWorks, “Driving 60 miles per hour instead of 70 mph will save you 2-4 miles per gallon over the duration of your trip.” Your engine operates at optimum efficiency around 55 mph. Above or below that, your fuel economy suffers.
It’s not only how fast you go, but how quickly you get up to speed. Avoid unnecessarily aggressive acceleration. The time you’d save from stomping the gas pedal is negligible. Also, brake less and coast more.
There are a handful of easy maintenance tasks that can improve your efficiency. Make sure your tires are properly inflated (under inflated tires create more friction and resistance). Have you air filter inspected from time to time and replace if dirty.
DO THE MATH
Start calculating your mpg. A lot of modern vehicles can provide you that information but in case yours can’t, it’s not difficult to do.
Fill up and reset your trip meter. Then the next time you fill-up, note the amount of gas you purchased. Divide that amount by the number of miles on your trip meter.
Do this every time you fill-up. As you implement more and more fuel-saving techniques, you’ll feel more and more of an incentive as your fuel economy improves!