Here is an article from Reader’s Digest on the 10 Energy-Saving Driving Tips. Even though the price of winter gas has dropped, you can use some of these suggestions to improve you car energy costs in the Lakeville area.
1. Keep it Smooth
By developing a more fluid driving style, you can avoid accelerating and braking unnecessarily. Speeding up and slowing down between traffic lights wastes fuel and saves you little to no time. Be more alert to road conditions and anticipate traffic flow. Working out what’s about to happen up ahead can help you avoid being caught by surprise and makes for a more relaxed driving experience.
2. Give Yourself Space
Leave a reasonable distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. If the other car changes speed, you should have enough space and time to take your foot off the accelerator and slow down without breaking, or to accelerate gently and smoothly to keep up with traffic flow
3. Press Down Delicately
To avoid braking or accelerating sharply, which wastes fuel, pretend there’s an egg between your foot and the pedals. Doing so will help you press on them more gently.
4. Shift Accordingly
If your car is a manual, shift up through the gears as soon as possible to avoid the coughing or chugging sound that indicates the engine is strained. Driving in top gear is far more economical than driving in a lower gear.
5. Crank It Up at the Right Time
On a long stretch of road, use overdrive if your car has it. This top gear (usually the fifth) allows the drive shaft to turn faster than the engine crankshaft. This lets the engine run more slowly, in turn saving fuel and reducing engine wear and noise.
6. Choose the Optimal Speed
Cut down your driving speed to save fuel. At 110 km/h, your car uses up to 25 per cent more fuel than it would cruising along at 90 km/h, the fuel-saving sweet spot for many vehicles.
7. Cut the Cool Air
Consider turning off your car’s air conditioner and opening a window during hot summer drives. Running your car’s cooling system on a hot day in city driving conditions increases your fuel consumption by about 15 per cent. At faster cruising speeds, air conditioning is more efficient – but you’ll still use about 11 per cent more fuel than if you switched it off.
8. Drop Weight, Drive Great
Clean your car out every now and then to be sure you’re not carrying around any unnecessary weight. Though it’s easy to lose track of items you may have left in the trunk, your wallet still feels the pain. Extra bulk means more gas consumption when you drive.
Cut your fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent just by removing unnecessary extras such as roof-racks and spoilers. They increase wind resistance, making the trip harder work for your car.