Do you find yourself filling up your car more often than you’d like? While auto manufacturers are building their vehicles to be more and more efficient in order to combat rising gas prices, fuel economy can also have a lot to do with how you drive. It’s good to be in the practice of more fuel-efficient driving in order to cut down your gas budget.
Are you to type of person to slam your gas pedal as soon as the light turns green? You might be drastically affecting the efficiency of your vehicle. More slow, gradual acceleration conserves gas.
Maintain Steady Speed
Don’t be one of those people who let their car coast with random spurts of acceleration. You might think easing off the gas for awhile will help, but those sudden bursts of speed hurt more in the long run.
Pay Attention to Traffic
This is an obvious one, but you should always be looking ahead to plan your maneuvers in advance.
The same way rapid acceleration burns gas faster, so too does slamming on the brakes suddenly. Try easing off the brakes and coasting to red lights and stop signs.
FuelEconomy.gov estimates that for every 5 mph you are going over 50, you’re paying an extra 14 cents for gas. Stop speeding—not only will you get fewer tickets, but you’ll be on your way to more fuel-efficient driving habits.