There is hope, because there is actually something you can do to save gas. Follow these quick tips to get you started on saving more, no need for a new car.
As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag (the force of wind or air resistance pushing in the opposite direction to the motion of the object) increases.Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will decrease your fuel consumption by about 15%…definitely worth sacrificing those few seconds of speed.
2. Your Car Is Not a Rabbit
Do your best to not accelerate or pump your breaks hard. By applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%. Your probably wondering how this happens? Pumping your breaks impulsively takes the kinetic energy of a moving car and turn it into heat that’s lost to the air.
3. Cruise It
Drive at a steady speed to use less fuel. When you drive without cruise control, you speed up and slow down, speed up and slow down. Driving excessively to this pattern tends to use up more gas than you would have used if you had just kept it cruising steadily.
4. Windows Closed, A/C On
Remember, aerodynamic drag rises exponentially with speed. By keeping your windows opened while you drive at 60mph or higher, you’re increasing the aerodynamic drag forcing your car to push forward. So below 55 mph, open the windows and leave the a/c off. But at 60 mph or higher, keep them closed and the air conditioning running, this will burn less fuel.
5. Check Your Tires
That’s right, your tires also play a part in your fuel economy. Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2%.Under-inflated tires can decrease gas mileage by about 0.2%.
Some of these tips you may have already heard, some you haven’t or you’ve heard all of them! Don’t take my word for it, do your own research. These have at least helped me a lot, considering the fact that I’m a low-income college student who’s only been able to afford an old six-cylinder Honda. Good luck!
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