Here’s a list of tips on saving money by saving fuel, while reducing your carbon footprint to help the Earth.
- Slow down! Fuel economy decreases about 1% for each mph over 50. Driving 55 mph vs. 60 mph, for example, increases fuel economy by about 10%.
- Avoid quick starts and aggressive driving. A smooth, steady speed saves gasoline and reduces wear and tear on the engine, tires, transmission & brakes. Aggressive driving and quick starts increase fuel consumption by as much as 39%. You only save 2.5 minutes for every hour spent on the road when you drive aggressively.
- Use overdrive & cruise control. Overdrive gears slow engine speeds which saves gasoline & reduces wear. By helping to maintain a constant speed, cruise control reduces gasoline consumption. Use both features only when safe & appropriate.
- Check your tire pressure. A single tire under-inflated by just 8 psi can lose 9,000 miles from its lifespan and increase fuel consumption by 4%. Measure your tire pressure at least once per month to ensure they are properly inflated.
- Reduce drag. Remove roof racks & other heavy items from your vehicle when you’re not using them. An extra 100 lbs. can decrease fuel economy by 1-2%.
- Preventative maintenance is everything. Replacing a clogged air filter can increase fuel efficiency by 10%. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30%. Using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil can improve your gas mileage by 1-2%.A well maintained vehicle saves you money, reduces harmful emissions and makes the roads safer for everyone.