Top 10 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

Top 10 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

Save Money and Stop For Gas Less Often
Kip Doyle
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When gas prices go up, drivers start looking for methods to save money on gas.

But finding a deal at the pump isn't the only thing you can do to bring your car fuel bill down. The way you drive directly affects your fuel economy. Speeding and rapidly accelerating from a stop increases gas consumption, whereas planning an efficient drive and maintaining a consistent speed within the posted limit can help you go farther on a tankful.

Follow these 10 tips to get better gas mileage. You just may make fewer gas station stops and save money, too.

1. Plan your trips

Map a route before you go to minimize unnecessary turnarounds and backtracking. Avoid peak traffic times. Combine errands and go to "one stop shops” where you can do multiple tasks (banking, shopping, etc.).

2. Watch your speed

Fuel economy peaks at around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speeds increase. Reducing highway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy 7 to 14 percent.

3. Drive conservatively

Avoid "jack rabbit" starts, rapid acceleration and hard braking, which can lower fuel economy by 15 to 30 percent at highway speeds and 10 to 40 percent in stop-and-go traffic.

4. Avoid excessive idling

A car engine consumes one quarter to one half gallon of fuel per hour when idling, but a warm engine only takes around 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart. Where safe to do so, shut off your engine if you will be stopped for more than a minute.

5. Use a "fast pass" on toll roads

Having a pre-paid pass on toll roads allows you to use the express lane, saving fuel by minimizing or eliminating tollbooth slowdowns and stops.

6. Avoid rush hour

Take advantage of flex work hours to avoid commuting during peak traffic times.

7. Anticipate road conditions

Watch the traffic ahead and "time" stoplights to maintain momentum and avoid unnecessary stop and go.

8. Use cruise control

Driving at a consistent speed on the highway saves gas. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads as it could cause a loss of vehicle control.

9. Shift gears efficiently

If your car has a manual transmission, upshift as soon as practical. When coming to a stop, use the brakes. Do not downshift to slow the car.

10. Drive to warm the engine

In cold temperatures, start the engine and then drive the car normally to warm the engine. Driving brings the engine to operating temperature more rapidly and thus, saves gas.

 

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Comments

Submitted by Mike Binis (not verified) on Tue, 11/09/2021 - 17:32

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One of your 'tips' is to avoid jack-rabbit starts. While this sounds good in theory, most kiwis do the opposite and oooze their way from a green light preventing more than one car getting through. In fact, one should be up to speed within 7 to 9 seconds of the light turning green. This is far from a jack-rabbit start, but gets them into a higher gear sooner, and actually saves fuel. It also saves road rage.
One key, however, is to actually stop accelerating once the speed limit is reached. Many kiwis who ooze through a light then keep that slow aceleration well beyond surpassing the speed limit, eventually passing all of the cars they held up at the last light!

Submitted by John koszuta (not verified) on Tue, 11/09/2021 - 18:55

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Park at all the fast food restaurants walk in and buy your food don’t stand in line idleing and wasting gas you get exercize ease traffic jams accidents ect

You are so true on this. Ever go past a Dunkin Donuts and see the drive thru lane all the way out to the road! Park your vehicle and walk in. Most times you can get your order faster. Using Aps to order is part of the problem of long lines

Submitted by Chuck Olson (not verified) on Wed, 11/10/2021 - 05:01

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Walk or ride a bike, if possible, when you have appointments. Also, try to schedule your appointments one after the other but ensure you have enough time to get to your next appointment.

Submitted by Joanne de Buono (not verified) on Wed, 11/10/2021 - 10:43

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Thank you for the helpful tips on how to get the most out of gas. I do fallow 7 out of the 10! I must admit I do minimal driving in the winter. 3 times the most. I was told I needed a new battery 3 winter's ago. I'm glad I didn't listen to them! Maybe this winter! I'm grateful my car has a garage. Depending on the temperature I do start it 2 or 3 times a week and let it run for 10 minutes. Last year was extremely colder last winter and I start and it run for 10 minutes twice a day alot of the time.
Thanks again
Joanne

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