Have you ever thought about how to get more out of your fuel or the impact you have on the environment by getting into your car and driving every day? Some of you may think about it often and some may not have thought about it at all, until now. Whatever your thinking here are a few tips on how you can be an eco driver and get more out of your tank.
Did you know that the way you drive and use your vehicle can have a huge impact on CO2 levels? It seems pretty simple, right? If you would like to save some money and lower your environmental impact, there are some pretty simple adjustments you can make. Whether you are in a commercial truck or hybrid vehicle, eco driving techniques improve gas mileage.
Here are some easy ways to help keep you driving and saving green:
- Drive the speed limit and anticipate traffic flow. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 55MPH. Every five MPH you drive over this speed is equivalent to paying an additional ten cents per gallon for gas. Get used to reading the traffic ahead of you and anticipate the movement of that traffic as best you can.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly and smoothly. This simple adjustment can save you up to two miles per gallon. And use cruise control when applicable. This will help with driving a steady speed.
- Be a friendly driver. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas mileage on average by 33 percent at highway speeds and by five percent around town.
- Don’t sit and idle. Park your car and go into restaurants, banks, etc. instead of idling in drive-up lanes.
- Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires reduce fuel economy. Check your car’s manual for correct tire pressure. Tire pressure alone can work wonders for improving your gas mileage.
- Combine errands. In addition to cutting emissions, combining errands saves on gas and your time.
- Be aerodynamic. If you have a choice between putting cargo on the top of your vehicles or inside, choose inside. Carrying items on the roof increases aerodynamic drag.
For more tips on how to save fuel when driving, and be an eco driver, see the US EPA website: www.fueleconomy.gov/FEG/drive.shtml