Today, gas prices seem like they are always rising and cutting holes in our pockets. However, there are some ways you can maximize your fuel efficiency, like reflecting on some of your driving habits.
Keep your speed in check.
While driving, once you hit around 40–45 mph, your vehicle naturally becomes less fuel efficient. When you speed up, it becomes even worse.
Accelerating and decelerating quickly are the real gas guzzlers, so you will achieve the best fuel efficiency by driving the speed limit and
utilizing the cruise control option when you are able to do so.
Limit your idling.
Have you ever been sitting at a red light and heard the neighboring car shut off and start back up when the light turns green? That’s the stop
start system in newer model cars that saves on fuel by automatically turning off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. Once you take
your foot off the brake, the engine restarts automatically. It may be hard to believe, but idling actually eats more gas than turning the car off and on again.
Check your tire pressure.
If your vehicle’s tires don’t have enough air in them, your vehicle consumes more fuel while driving. Be sure to reference your tire wall or
owner’s manual to find the proper PSI for your tires and check your car’s tire pressure often.
Service your car.
If you’re due for a tune up, take your car in! Servicing your car can really save you some cash by boosting your fuel efficiency. If your car just
needs a basic oil change and a new air filter, you’ll boost efficiency slightly. However, if your car has larger engine issues going on, repairing
them may really make a difference.
It doesn’t matter if you drive a Prius or a large SUV — you can still make some changes to save you money, protect the environment, and lower your carbon footprint. Drive safely!