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Eco-driving Tips

Use the following tips to cut your gas consumption, saving you both time and money!

  • Avoid Idling: If you are idling your car, you are getting zero miles per gallon.
  • Warm-Up Driving: Driving your vehicle is the fastest way to warm it up.
  • Reduce Loads and Remove Excess Weight: An extra 100lbs typically reduces mileage by 2%.
  • Accelerate gently and keep your speed constant: Aggressive driving can increase fuel consumption by 37%.
  • Check and adjust tire pressure often: A well-inflated tire decreases rolling resistance and increases efficiency and lifetime of tires.
  • Ensure regular vehicle maintenance: Have the vehicle serviced regularly, change oil and filters as recommended – can improve fuel consumption by 10%.
  • Do not use air conditioning unnecessarily: Rule of thumb: under 40 mph open windows, over 40 mph use A/C.
  • Plan your journey: Anticipate traffic flow to avoid unnecessary stopping and starting, maintaining a steady speed = fuel and cost savings.
  • Tighten your gas cap: As much as 30 gallons of gas could be lost annually due to evaporation when the fuel cap is not fully tightened.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Check and replace air filters regularly: Replacing a clogged or dirty air filter can improve your car’s gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
  • Plan ahead for the shortest, most gas-saving itinerary: With a little planning, you can not only save fuel, but wear and tear on your car as well. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer, multi-stop trip of the same distance with a warm engine.
  • Avoid carrying items on your vehicle’s roof: A loaded roof rack or carrier increases aerodynamic drag, which can cut mileage by 5 percent.

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