There are a lot of expenses associated with driving, and gas is one of them (take it from a towing company that spends a TON of money on fuel every month :))
Over the years we’ve learned a few things in order to keep the fuels costs down – so if your fuel mileage isn’t where you want it to be, give our simple, everyday fuel saving tips a try and reduce the amount of hard-earned $$$ you’re spending on gas.
Make Sure Your Gas Cap Is Tight And Secure
If you’re getting gas in a hurry, you might put twist the cap back on quickly. Unfortunately, if your gas cap is too loose, you could wind up losing some of the fuel that you paid for.
The reduction in pressure on the tank creates less-than-perfect combustion at the engine, thereby reducing engine efficiency.
Tightening your gas cap won’t take more than a minute, and it can keep you from losing any fuel as you drive. Always double-check to ensure that the cap is completely tight.
Once you get in the habit of doing this, it will feel like second nature!
If you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, you might be tempted to go beyond the speed limit. Speeding will allow you to travel at a fast rate, but it will also increase the amount of fuel that you’re using – by ALOT.
In fact, studies have shown that most modern vehicles operate at maximum fuel efficiency at 55 MPH. Below or over this speed can reduce efficiency on a graduated scale. In fact at 80 MPH, most engines operate 28% less efficient. (See Yield Curve Below)
If you make a point of going the speed limit, you might spend a little more time in your car, but you’ll still use less gas.
Avoid Driving When It’s Not Needed
Do you ever drive down to the corner store when you could just walk? Before you hop into your vehicle, you may want to take a minute to think about whether or not driving is necessary for this scenario. If you limit the time you spend behind the wheel, you’ll naturally start to spend less on gas every month.
Coast Whenever You Can
Don’t keep your foot on the accelerator the entire time that you’re in the car. Every once in a while, you should remove your foot from the pedal and simply allow your car to coast for a while. When you’re coasting, you’re not using gas. Coast as much as you can, and you’ll be able to keep fuel in your tank for longer.
Turn On The Air Conditioning When You Want To Stay Cool
Most people know that running the air conditioning system in a vehicle consumes fuel. Because of this, people often simply roll the windows down when they want to cool off.
While this might seem like a smart idea, it could actually wind up using even more fuel!
Due to a concept called aerodynamic drag (aka “wind resistance”), it takes more power for the car to move forward. The air running through your car leads to a higher rate of fuel consumption. If you turn on the A/C, you will use a bit more fuel, but your overall fuel consumption rate will be lower.
Simple Habits You Can Change Today
While the best way to reduce fuel is to ride a bike, walk, or use public transportation where possible, sometimes you just gotta drive – so today we shared some simple techniques that you can incorporate in your driving habits that can actually make a noticeable reduction in the fuel you consume.
Take care and drive safe!