Gas prices continue to rise faster than they decrease, forcing people to dig deeper into their pockets just so they can get to work. Unfortunately, the seemingly perpetual increase in fuel costs does not parallel an rise in income on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
In light of the rising costs, there are some things drivers can do to help them decrease the amount they are spending on fuel. Simply employing one or two savings tips would not help drivers realize their savings. Implementing these new behaviors collectively, however, can help drivers save money on gas.
Drivers burn more gas when they drive at high speeds. As car speeds increase, the aerodynamic drag on the car increases exponentially. When cars are driven at 62 mph or 100 km/h, they are saving roughly 15% in fuel consumption compared to 75 mph or 120 km/h.
Easy on The Brakes
When driving in stop and go traffic, drivers can save on fuel by applying slow, steady pressure to the accelerator and brake pedals. Drivers can save up to 20% on fuel costs if they do not accelerate or brake hard.
Properly Inflate Tires
Under-inflated tires are often the culprits of rapid fuel consumption. Keeping the tire pressure consistent with the vehicle’s manufacturer can save drivers up to 1% of their fuel costs. This is especially true if tires are underinflated by even 2 PSI.
Roll up Windows
When drivers are on highways at consistently high speeds, it is best to keep the windows rolled up. The drag or wind resistance created with open windows can add to fuel consumption. Keeping the windows up can save up to 20%.
Avoid the Air Conditioner
The car’s engine has to work harder when the air conditioning is on, causing higher fuel consumption. The best thing to do is to avoid using the air conditioner. In some cars, the window defrosters are set to the air condition, consuming additional fuel.
Service the Car Regularly
A well-maintained car with healthy air filters, clean spark plugs and appropriate fluid levels will help save fuel. When a car is not maintained well, it consumes more energy and is not economical, costing the driver even more in the long run.
Use Cruise Control
The more consistent the speed, the more fuel-efficient the car can be while traveling a long distance. When drivers avoid fluctuating speeds, they can save on gas.
Avoid Heavy Loads
Sometimes, hauling a heavy load over a long distance cannot be avoided. When possible, however, avoid carrying extremely heavy loads, especially over long distances. The extra weight in the car will require more energy to move from point A to B.
Avoid Idling For Long Periods
If the car is going to be sitting idle for more than a minute or two, it is best to turn it off and on again. Restarting the car will consume less fuel than if it were to sit idle while waiting to move again.
Purchase a Fuel-Efficient Car
When there is an economic crisis and fuel is costly, driving an efficient car with a smaller engine is the way to go. Hybrid and all-electric cars are coming down in price and will save drivers in the long run. They may not be fancy and be able to go fast on the open road, but will save drivers a great deal of cash in the long run.
When drivers opt for fuel-efficient cars, they are not only saving themselves a ton of money, they are also being kinder to the environment. Gasoline that fuels vehicles is finite, making it more expensive and detrimental to the earth. Finding alternative ways to save energy will guarantee and brighter future for generations to come.