Ten Fuel Saving Tips

    1. Avoid High Speeds
  • As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.
  • 2. Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard
  • By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.
  • 3. Keep Tires Properly Inflated
  • Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
  • 4. Use A/C Sparingly
  • When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.
  • 5. Keep Windows Closed
  • Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.
  • 6. Service Vehicle Regularly
  • Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.
  • 7. Use Cruise Control
  • Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.
  • 8. Avoid Heavy Loads
  • Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.
  • 9. Avoid Long Idles
  • If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.
  • 10. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle
  • Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle.