17 tips to help you become a fuel efficient driver

No matter what car you drive, there are tips you can use that will help you save gas.

According to State Farm, good driving habits contribute to better fuel economy, which also saves money and helps the planet.

Here are some tips to help you become a fuel efficient driver:

1. Perform routine maintenance

A well maintained vehicle will perform at its best.

2. Keep the tires inflated to the ideal pressure.

Under-inflated tires tend to decrease mileage. And they are also dangerous. Check the manufacturers recommendations and make sure your tires are inflated to maximum PSI, measured cold.

3. Combine short trips

Hot engines run more efficiently than cold engines. Combining short errands (like visiting the grocery store, the dry cleaner, and the bank) into one trip is an effective way to save time, as well as gas.

4. Drive at moderate speeds

While every vehicle is different, in most cases the mileage drops to over 50 mph. To save gas, stay at or below the speed limit and drive at a constant speed. Use cruise control on long journeys.

5. Measured and moderate driving

Aggressive driving habits such as cranking the engine, accelerating, yelling around corners, and getting stuck on the gas pedal are major fuel wastes. Drive measured and moderately for maximum fuel savings.

6. Travel light

The extra weight in the car creates drag on the engine and consumes extra gas. Don’t carry heavy loads if you don’t have to.

7. Keep your car aerodynamic

Good aerodynamics affects the fuel efficiency of your car by reducing drag, especially at high speeds. Keep windows and a sunroof closed on the freeway. Even keeping the exterior of the car clean can make a difference.

8. Use the highest possible equipment

Driving at high speed in lower gears uses too much fuel. On a manual transmission, pay attention to the RPMs when accelerating and upshift as soon as you can reasonably do it.

9. Avoid excessive idling

Idling uses a surprising amount of fuel, more than restarting the engine. If you must wait longer than a minute or two in your parked vehicle, turn off the engine and restart only when you are ready to continue driving.

10. Carpool

You cut fuel consumption per person in half when you share a ride. Ask friends and colleagues who live near you or frequent the same places as you to share a ride. The best part – you can share the gas costs with the passengers!

11. Park further from your destination

American motorists spend about 17 hours a year looking for parking and waste about $ 345 on fuel. One way to reduce or even eliminate wasted parking fuel is to settle for parking spaces further away from your destination.

12. Don’t wait to refuel

Waiting to refuel until you are almost out of gas increases the risk of having to settle for a higher price per gallon at the first station you see.

13. Limit the use of the air conditioner or use the eco setting

Using your car’s air conditioner can reduce fuel economy by up to 25%, according to the EPA. This is especially pronounced in very hot weather, on short trips and in hybrid-electric vehicles. On warm days, turn off the air conditioner completely and use the cooler non-AC fan setting instead. When it is too hot to do without air conditioning entirely, set your air conditioning to the lowest comfortable setting or use your vehicle’s “eco” air conditioning setting if it has one.

14. Park in the shade

On hot days, park in the shade or use windshield sunscreen to reduce heat buildup inside the car. This reduces the need for air conditioning (and therefore fuel) to cool the car.

15. More than one car?

If you own more than one car, use the most fuel-efficient model that meets the needs of a given trip.

16. Is super fuel better?

AAA research has shown that unless premium fuel is recommended or required by your car manufacturer, it offers no additional benefits. Motorists should refer to their vehicle’s owner’s manual to verify what type of gasoline is recommended for their engine.

17. How can you save on gas?

There are lots of tips to help you find cheaper gas. Use an app that tells you the price of gas in your area like GasBuddy.
Joining a fuel rewards program from your local gas station or grocery store is also an option. For example, if you have a BJ subscription, you can get discount gasoline at their gas station.

Use cash instead of a credit card to pay. Many gas stations charge additional fees when using a credit card – to help offset card processing flows.

Tell us how much you pay for gasoline!

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