Fuel Economy: 8 Ways to Help You Drive More Efficiently

Driving in the city and on major highways can be expensive if you do not make a conscious effort to save on fuel.

There are some tips you can use to drive more efficiently and save on fuel. Consider the following:

  1. Do not haul cargo on your roof
    Excess cargo on your roof increases wind resistance thus lowering fuel economy. A large cargo can reduce fuel economy by 2 to 8%.

  2. Ensure your car does not have excess stuff
    Don’t leave your car full of unnecessary items. Unload your truck on a weekly basis to make sure it doesn’t accumulate too much clutter that can weigh your car down.

  3. Observe the speed limit
    While cars differ in their levels of optimal fuel economy, gas mileage decreases at a rapid rate at speeds above 50mph. You can avoid wasting gas and getting a speeding ticket by driving the posted speed limit.

  4. Check the tires
    If your tires are properly inflated and have the correct amount of pressure, fuel expenditure can be reduced by 25%.

  5. Drive sensibly
    A senseless driver will over-speed, accelerate and brake often. All these are habits to lower gas mileage. Relax while driving.

  6. Use cruise control
    This will help you maintain a constant speed on highways and thus save on gas. Fluctuations are easily noticed on long journeys so setting your car on cruise control is a must!

  7. Avoid idling
    Idling can use a quarter to half a gallon of fuel in one hour. When you park your vehicle turn off the engine. Turning in your engine only takes a few seconds worth of fuel.

  8. Plan ahead on your trips
    It is important to plan on your trips so that you can find ways to combine them in one journey instead of taking multiple trips. By doing this you will not need to start the engine so often while making several trips.