Did you know you can save gas mileage without a hybrid? No matter what car you drive, get some Smileage with these eco-driving tips.
Drive a steady speed.
Decreased rapid acceleration and deceleration will make your gas go farther.
- It takes nearly 20 percent more fuel to accelerate from a full stop than from 5 mph!
- Also allows you to avoid red lights, coast the “Green Wave”
- Traffic lights are synchronized so that motorists driving at a specific speed will pass through a series of green lights meaning you don’t have to stop and start as much.
Avoid “jack rabbit” starts.
The U.S. EPA estimates that a few seconds of accelerating quickly can use as much gas as driving for several minutes at steadier speeds.
- This can save you more than $1 per gallon of gas and reduce your CO2 emissions by up to 33 percent.
Observe the speed limit.
Every 5 mph over 60 mph is equal to paying an extra 20 cents per gallon of gas.
- Driving the speed limit can improve your gas mileage 7-23 percent.
Ease up on the A.C.
Using too much air conditioning releases carbon dioxide into the air and can reduce gas mileage by 20 percent.
- Drive with windows open instead of using air conditioning.
Tighten your gas cap.
Did you know you could lose as much as 80 gallons of gas annually due to gas evaporating into the air?
- Damaged, loose or missing caps cause approx. 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year according to the Car Care Council
Turn off your car when you’re not going anywhere.
Leaving the car running while waiting in a parking lot or driveway uses fuel, and you’re not even moving!
- Turn off vehicle when stopped for longer than one minute.
- Avoid too much warming up.
- On cold days it only takes about 30 seconds to adequately warm up your car.
- The best way to warm up your vehicle is by actually driving it.
Make sure tires are properly inflated.
Tires that are under inflated take more energy to move. That energy is gas!
- U.S. EPA estimates gas mileage can improve by three percent if tires are properly inflated.
- Keeping tires properly inflated monthly could equal a free tank of gas per year.
- Check your tire pressure regularly. As often as you get gas from the gas station.
Life gives you enough baggage. Why carry additional amounts in your car?
More weight = more energy (gas) needed to move that weight!
- Maximize mileage by removing ski racks, roof top carriers and unneeded cargo.
- Every additional 250 lbs costs you one mile per gallon of fuel.
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