I am aware that not everyone can even consider going to solar or electric powered vehicles. Even if you do not have the opportunity to trade your vehicle for an electric powered vehicle, we do need to take the opportunity to try to save fuel. I know gas prices are going up daily. We all worry about gas Prices going up. We all are trying to figure out ways to save the fuel that we do get, because it costs so much to fill our tanks.
According to a study done by the US Department of Energy, if you were to go 70 miles an hour instead of 80 miles an hour you will have used 17% less fuel. 17% does not seem like a lot, but when you take into consideration gas prices are over $4 a gallon. It doesn’t take long to add up to a tank of gas. Most of the new vehicles have a program in them that measures your fuel efficiency. Find that on your car and write down what you’re getting now before you’ve made any changes. And reset it to zero and try it again and see if slowing down just a little bit doesn’t help. This might surprise you. I tried this myself and I was surprised to see how much slowing down, not even 5 miles an hour made the difference in my efficiency.
Leave for work 15 to 20 minutes earlier than you normally would to allow yourself more time to get where you are going without having to speed. It also would help if you would leave more space from the car in front of you to give yourself a longer distance for stopping. It does use more fuel to stop abruptly and take off abruptly. Studies show that your cruise control helps with your fuel efficiency also.
Try some of these tips to see if you cannot get better gas mileage. We cannot control the gas prices, but we can control what we do with the fuel that we buy so that it will go further.