7 Fuel Efficient Driving Tips, 2 Myths, 3 Strategies and 3 Maintenance Tips You Should Know

7 Fuel Efficient Driving Tips, 2 Myths, 3 Strategies and 3 Maintenance Tips You Should Know.  Fuel is expensive, but there's a lot you can do to make sure you use it as efficiently as possible.
Fuel is expensive, but there's a lot you can do to make sure you use it as efficiently as possible.

2 Myths


Turn off the air-conditioning and open your windows instead to save gas.  In newer models, the amount of gas saved this way is insignificant. And in older models, this will save gas only when driving at low speeds.

But if your stuck in traffic, turning off the ac will save gas.

High-octane gas give better performance. Maybe this was true back in the day, or maybe they just spread that rumor to sell pricey gas. Truth is, unless your car's manual specified that you need high-octane gas, you don't gain any benefit.

7 Fuel Efficient Driving Tips


7 Fuel Efficient Driving Tips, 2 Myths, 3 Strategies and 3 Maintenance Tips You Should Know.  Fuel is expensive, but there's a lot you can do to make sure you use it as efficiently as possible.
De-clutter. Any excess weight means you burn more gas than you otherwise need to.

Switch off before you turn on. Turn off everything, so that it takes the least amount of gas possible to start your engine.

Minimize idling. In the old days, starting the engine used a lot of gas; that's not the case anymore. If you'll be idle for more than 30 seconds, it's now more fuel efficient to just turn off the engine.

Don't drive aggressively. Go easy on the gas pedal and coast to a stop. Sudden starts and stops can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%.

Use the higher gears. As you've most probably heard, they're more efficient.

But don't over-rev, instead accelerate slowly and shift to higher gears as soon as possible.

And keep it at 60 km/h to 90 km/h. Fuel efficiency drops dramatically after that.

3 Fuel Efficient Driving Strategies


7 Fuel Efficient Driving Tips, 2 Myths, 3 Strategies and 3 Maintenance Tips You Should Know.  Fuel is expensive, but there's a lot you can do to make sure you use it as efficiently as possible.
Leave early and avoid rush hour.

Combine your errands and plan your trips.
 
Drafting. Instead of trying to overtake that bigger vehicle in front of you, you could actually save gas by staying behind them - as long as you don't get too close! Fuel efficiency can increase by as much as 20-40%
(For safety reasons, there should be a separation of  at least 3 or more seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you; 5 or more if you're practicing defensive driving.)

3 Proper Maintenance Tips for Fuel Efficiency


Clean or replace air filters as necessary. Clogged air filters decrease fuel efficiency by as much as 10%

Change engine oil every 5000 or 1000 kilometers (depending on the oil you used. It's not just good for your car; clean oil means a more fuel efficient engine.

Keep your tires inflated to the maximum recommended air pressure. Every psi below that can reduce your fuel efficiency by 1-3%.


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Works cited:
http://eartheasy.com/move_fuel_efficient_driving.html
http://www.shell.com.ph/products-services/on-the-road/fuels/fuelsave-tpkg/tips.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy-efficient_driving




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