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No matter the advertised miles per gallon that your vehicle gets you, you should always strive to become more fuel efficient. Fuel efficiency is not just beneficial for your wallet, but it’s also much better for the environment. Even if you already have a great MPG in your vehicle, the following tips can help you to increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 30%:
Don’t Drive Over the Speed Limit
Different vehicles have different fuel economies, but for the majority of vehicles, their gas mileage suffers significantly when going over 50 mph. You should always try to observe the speed limits. Excessive speeding will not only result in you paying more per gallon for gas, but it’s also dangerous.
Be a Responsible Driver
Driving aggressively will wreck your fuel efficiency. Aggressive driving is usually accompanied by constant braking, accelerating rapidly, and going over the speed limit. Instead, you should accelerate slowly and brake well ahead of time instead of at the last minute. It’ll also help preserve your vehicle better, especially your brakes.
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Idling refers to parking your vehicle and keeping the engine running. Unless you have to stop in traffic, turn off your engine if you can. You can still use the air conditioning and heat, as well as the radio when the engine is off. Idling results in the unneeded emission of greenhouse gases and uses fuel for no reason.
Check Your Tires
You should always check your tires to make sure that they have enough air in them. If your tires are under-inflated, this can lead to you using over 5% more fuel. You can either check your tire pressure yourself (but be sure to do it when your vehicle has been turned off for a few hours) or you can have it checked at the nearest gas station.
Use Cruise Control
If you’re on a flat stretch of land, especially on a highway in which there’s not much traffic, using cruise control will help your fuel efficiency tremendously by allowing you to maintain a speed that’s constant. It’ll also be easier on your car. Just make sure to turn off cruise control if you’re going up or down a hill, are in traffic, or are encountering rocky terrain.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Weight or Cargo
Don’t drive with heavy items in your vehicle, unless you have no other choice. For every 100 pounds of weight that your vehicle has to transport, you decrease your fuel efficiency by at least 1%. The smaller the vehicle, the more that this negative effect is pronounced.
You should also avoid having any cargo on the roof of your vehicle. Not only does it increase the weight that the vehicle has to carry, but it also increases the aerodynamic drag. Aerodynamic drag can decrease fuel efficiency by as much as 25% depending on its size and how fast you’re driving.
Having a vehicle with tremendous fuel efficiency does not give you a free pass to avoid engaging in the above practices. You should always strive to be fuel efficient, as it does not take much effort to do so.