Six Tips To Save Fuel By Driving Better
Do you feel the need to speed? You could not only be subject to speeding tickets from law enforcement officers but also spend unnecessary money at the pump. May, which is National Moving Month, is well-known as the busiest month of the year. It's likely that families will drive a lot as they prepare to move from one state to the next.
Many families choose to skip the stressful car ride and ship their car with an auto transport service. There are also families who pack their cars and go on the trip.
A CNN Money report from 2006 states that drivers can get 35 percent more fuel mileage by following simple safety measures to improve fuel efficiency. It should be enough to convince us to take our time and save a few dollars. Some people have doubts.
The U.S. Department of Energy says aggressive driving (speeding and rapid acceleration) is a waste of gas. It can reduce your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent around town.
Six Tips from the U.S. DOE
These ideas from DOE will help you keep your cash in your pocket and keep you safe while on the road.
- Pay attention to the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases quickly at speeds over 50 mph. Assume that for every five miles you drive at 50 mph, you will pay $0.25 more per gallon.
- Get rid of excess weight. An extra 100 pound in your car could result in a 2 percent reduction in MPG.
- When driving on highways, use the 'Cruise Control’ feature. It will help you maintain a constant speed, and in most cases, it will save you gas.
- Do not start your engine while you wait. Idling can consume as much as a quarter gallon to half a gallon of fuel an hour. Noting: Excessive turning off your engine can increase starter wear.
- Trip planning Combining trips and planning ahead can reduce stress and fuel consumption. You can dramatically reduce your costs by spreading your work hours so you avoid peak rush hour traffic and telecommuting whenever possible.
- Don't carry unnecessary items. Loaded roof racks can reduce your fuel economy by 5%.
Move Car offers an additional tip: Ask yourself if it is better to drive or ship your car when moving across the country.
- Reduce the wear and tear on your car
- You can save your time and money
- Reduce stress when moving
- Maintaining your vehicle in top shape will help you maintain its fuel efficiency.
Keep your vehicle in good condition and do not delay oil changes. Make sure you use the recommended oil when changing your oil. These are additional ways to save fuel and keep your car in top shape.
All the best for your travels