Following the adage that conserving energy is a whole lot easier than creating it, let’s look at ways to increase fuel efficiency by driving smarter and keeping your car in optimal condition.
Here are some the keys to more efficient driving:
- Drive smoothly, avoid rapid accelerations
- Glide when it’s safe to do so
- Don’t drive faster than 60 mph (this will reduce stress and increase safety too!)
- Eliminate Jack Rabbit starts
- Eliminate sudden stops
Here are some simple tips to keep your vehicle operating at peak efficiency:
- Get rid of unnecessary weight
- Don’t use the AC unless you’re going over 45mph
- Keep you air filter clean
- Maintain even tire pressure
- Don’t idle your car unnecessarily
- Use overdrive
- Avoid drawing off your car’s electrical system
Here’s a useful website, Gas Mileage Tips, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on driving efficiently, car maintenance, reducing driving miles and even how to choose a new fuel efficient vehicle. Find out if your car tops or bottoms the most and least fuel efficient ride roster. Hint: the most fuel efficient car of 2010 begins with a “P”.
Of course, as Ira Geddon-Reddy is quick to point out, reducing the miles you drive is the best way to save mileage. But, when you are driving, keep in mind these simple tips to make the most of the gas in your tank.