Eco-friendly Driving Tips
We all have places to go, things to do; some of us have children to pick up from school, pets to drop off at groomers, suits that need dry-cleaning and so forth, so here are some suggestions on how to improve fuel economy no matter what vehicle you drive.
1) Stick to the speed limit. This might be a difficult one, but speeds above 60 miles per hour can cost you an additional 24 cents a gallon, which adds up pretty quickly. Observing the speed limit saves you gas and could be safer as it gives you more time to gauge other drivers around you.
2) Remove junk from the trunk and anywhere else. Why drive around all that extra weight? An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduces gas mileage by up to 2 percent. Remove the roof rack when it's not in use. It adds extra weight and creates wind resistance, both of which make your car burn up even more fuel.
3) Turn off the air conditioner or dehumidifier. Switch off the climate control when you don't need it.
4) Don't accelerate or brake rapidly. Sudden starts and stops are hard on your car and also waste gas. Go light on the pedal in town; use cruise control when on the highway.
5) Use the right motor oil. The wrong kind can cost you 1 to 2 percent in gas mileage. Look for oil with an "energy conserving" performance symbol on the label.
6) Check the tire pressure. The right tire pressure boosts your mileage about 3 percent and prevents your tires from wearing out before their time. The correct tire pressure is printed on the sticker on the driver's-side door or in the owner's manual.
7) Don't buy higher-octane fuel. It won't make your care run any faster or better if your car doesn't need it. Follow the car manufacturer's recommendations for the right fuel.
8) Avoid excess idling. Cars with larger engines waste more gas when they idle than do smaller cars.