There are a lot of unanticipated costs when it comes to owning and driving a vehicle. But there is one definite way to reduce your expenses: maximizing fuel economy.
Ensure gas cap is fully sealed
Did you know your gas cap can degrade over time? Your gas cap does more than just plug the hole for the tank, it contains a rubber seal that forms an airtight shut.
Over time this rubber seal will crack and split which will allow oxygen to enter the gas tank. The oxygen will decrease the efficiency of the fuel, which means more fuel must be burned.
Avoid prolonged idling
It is almost impossible to avoid idling when driving. But if possible, it is best to avoid prolonged periods of idling. Every hour your vehicle idles, you are burning roughly between half a gallon to a full gallon of gas.
While waiting for a pedestrian to cross the street is perfectly fine, try to identify the times you are most likely to leave your vehicle absentmindedly running. This means starting your car in the morning and waiting until it warms up, sitting in the parking lot, or waiting to pick someone up.
If you know you are going to be waiting for over 5 to 10 minutes, it would be more fuel efficient to turn your vehicle off than letting it run.
Do not floor it
Overall, driving involves a lot of stop and go. After stopping at a red light or stop sign, many drivers have a tendency to step on the gas pedal and speed up as fast as we can. But just because our vehicles have the ability to go from 0 to 50 mph in a matter of seconds, does not mean they have to. In fact, the sudden acceleration actually burns significantly more fuel.
Instead of flooring it, drivers should press the pedal slowly and gently in order to gradually increase speed.
Similarly to accelerating, drivers should also be mindful of braking too suddenly. Rather than slamming on the brakes, take your foot off the gas pedal and allow your vehicle to come to a slow rolling stop.
Being more reserved when using your car pedals will burn less fuel, which will help improve overall fuel economy.
Although there are a variety of ways to improve your fuel efficiency while driving, it is also a good idea to drive smart.
This means avoiding driving during rush hour when possible. Sitting in traffic is not good for fuel economy – it is better to drive when road conditions are clear.
Driving smart also means driving with a purpose. If you have multiple errands, try going to a mall or shopping center where you can accomplish several tasks without having to drive to several different places.
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