In recent years, people around the world has begun to place much greater focus on their fuel economy. With the price of gas rising so quickly, and no sign of stopping any time soon, saving gas is a priority for everyone. There are many ways to improve your fuel economy.
The first, and most obvious solution, is to purchase a vehicle that offers low gas mileage to begin with. Most car manufacturers have started making fuel efficiency a major factor when designing new models, so there are tons of options when choosing a newer vehicle.
Not only do fuel efficient vehicles save money, they are also a great help to our planet. They limit pollution and help us lower our dependence on oil produced in foreign countries. If you are looking to purchase a vehicle that is fuel efficient, try researching hybrid or other low mileage vehicles online before setting foot into a dealership.
Almost every major car manufacturer produces some sort of gas/electric hybrid, so you are sure to be able to find the style that fits your needs- whether you want a sedan, a minivan, a sports car or an SUV, there is a low mileage option out there.
There are also lots of little tricks to help cut your gas usage in your current vehicle. If purchasing a new car isn’t possible for you, but you want to save a few dollars at the pump, or make those stops to the pump less often, try a few of these ideas:
The greatest way to save gas is of course, carpooling. There are different ways to carpool. If you live nearby co-workers or family, and you are going to the same place, ride together. You can take the carpool lanes now offered on many highways, save gas, and spend time together. If you are the person in charge of the carpool, make sure that your car and its tires are properly maintained. Cars run better and use less gas when they are taken care of properly.
Adjusting your driving habits can increase your fuel economy greatly- avoid situations where you may have to slam on your brakes. When you brake, you waste the gas you used to speed the car up. Also, if you see a red light from a distance, slow down 5-10 miles and you may make it to the light just as it turns green, avoiding stopping, which wastes gas as you idle at the light; Idling is a huge waste of fuel.
Avoid drive-thrus and store fronts, and anticipate red lights or stop signs. Cruise to a slow stop, and don’t floor the gas when you take off.
Drive the speed limit: you might be surprised at how much fuel is spent just fighting wind resistance. Today’s small cars get maximum fuel economy at about 45 miles per hour, depending on the gear ratio of the top gear. On older cars, it may be closer to 55 mph. Basically, go as slow as you can while in top gear.
Use these tips and you will soon notice a huge change in how often you need to fill up!