Friday, September 24, 2010
Improving Gas Mileage 1
Aggressive driving wastes gas. This includes speeding, rapid acceleration, and over using breaks. On highways this can lower your gas mileage by up to 33%! It can also help avoid costly accidents.
Observe the Sped Limit
Vehicles reach optimal fuel economy at different speed ranges. Most vehicles however have reduced mileage after about 60mph.
As you can seethe most efficient speeds to drive tend to be between 25-65mph.
Remove Excess Weight
Simple enough really. Every 100 pounds in your vehicle reduces the mileage by about 1-2%! Of course this is going to depend on whether you drive a smaller engined car or a larger vehicle.
Never forget that if your sitting in your car with the engine on you are getting 0mpg
For some people cruise control can help you increase your gas mileage by helping you keep a constant speed. However if you are experiencing a lot of hills up and down cruise control is not what you want to be doing. In fact reducing your speed going up hill and letting your car naturally speed up wen going down hills can increase your mileage incredibly.
Using overdrive can help save gas and reduce engine wear by slowing down engine speeds.