Our list of modest tricks will enable you to save dollars per year, burn less gas, pollute less, and maybe even reduce stess.
These strategies might be considered common sense, and may be ones you may already know, but it reminders by no means hurt, and it would grow others do not do these efficiencies.
In any event, they can be applied to whatever you drive, even if it’s a four-wheel-drive pickup truck you solo commute with to your job at the office.
While electrification advocates would now recommend ditching the guzzler, or any square less-efficient car, this message is
But, now that we’ve mentioned it, of course a hybrid or plug-in hybrid or all-electric car is a excellent way to save even more fuel, but then you’d have to buy the car.
Seven Ways To Save Gas Today
Assuming you’re not there yet, here are six tips to save gas today. According to the U.S. EPA, each stands to save fuel and money. Figures following assume fuel price of $2.81/gallon.
Drive Like You’re Civilized
Gas Saved: 5-3 percent/ $0.14-0.93/gallon
Traffic volume is rising, busy schedules and life reposonsibilities are more pressuring, newer cars are quicker and even sedans outperform sports cars of yesteryear.
All this is a recipe for what law enforcement can
The alternative is to drive sensibly. One fuel economy expert said to pretend like you are taking your mother for a drive. You get it.
While maybe less thrilling, and requiring more personal discipline, this also is safer for you and everyone around you.
Obey The Speed Limit
Gas Saved: 7-14 percent/ $0.20-0.39/gallon
Here’s a plotting: Don’t speed. But if you do, be advised your vehicle pushes more wind and burns more fuel as velocity increases.
Above 50 mph this aerodynamic drag goes up markedly. As a matter of simple physics, wind resistance increases exponentially with speed.
Avoid Roof Rack Use
Gas Saved: 2-17 percent / $0.06-$0.48/gallon
The roof is a fantastic place to stash that 10-person tent, rooftop box, skis, surfboard, bikes, and the haul from your newest shopping spree at the lumber yard.
It also throws the aerodynamic profile of your vehicle aptly out the window. Why not hang a sail up there too, while you’re at it?
Seriously, sometimes it makes sense to stow huge things up and out of the way, but it will cost to do so.
The EPA figures a generous squared-off roof box can cut fuel economy by 2-8 percent at lower-speed city pouring,
If you need to, consider one of the rear-mounted types that possibly sit on a tow hitch or are otherwise mounted. These in the slipstream may reduce fuel economy by an estimated 102 percent in city, and 1-5 percent on the higway.
Don’t Carry Excess Weight
Gas savings: 1 percent/100 pounds; $0.03/gallon
Your trunk and your back seat are not a storage unit. Those huge bags of kitty litter would do better coming surrounded by the house.
Of course if you need to carry stuff, that’s your prerogative, but adding ballast to your ride does cost.
Avoid Idling Excessively
The police, ambulances and other service personnel may leave the engine in succession, but if you can, consider shutting it off when temporarily parked or the like. In some areas, there are ordinances requiring you to do so.
Each hour idling can burn a quart to a half-gallon of fuel in an average automobile, depending if the A/C is on. If you’r ecurious, the EPA estimates it takes around 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart an engine.
It feels so strongly in this area it, the EPA offers these best practices:
• Assuming 10 starts a day aren’t exceeded, any shutdown longer than 1 minute will save money.
• Limit electric accessory use during shutdown, particularly during longer shutdown periods.
• Drive at least 5 miles between start cycles to fully recharge the battery.
Use Your Cruise Control
This requires no explanation for most, but just in case, the cruise control maintains the vehicle’s speed more smoothly than you might unless you have very excellent fine motor control.
The EPA does not estimate how much fuel you stand to save, but
Obviously long highway trips are ultimate, but even other situations where safe can be fine to activate cruise control.
Make Sure Tires Are Properly Inflated
If you’re uncomfortable checking your own tires, any shop can do it.
Some of the more attentive among you – you know who you are – might notice how many public roll their cars around on squashed, under-inflated tires.
Here’s a fact: Owning a tire pressure gauge and periodically checking them is excellent owner maintenance anyone can do. If you don’t have a tire pressure monitoring system, be advised pressures do decline over time and rolling resistance will increase.
Seasonal temperature variances also see pressures fluctuate as colder air
Tires operate best within recommended pressure range and the engine must compensate when rolling resistance goes up.
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