Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tip 2: Stopping Wasteful Driving Habits

Wasteful driving habits can double your fuel consumption. Develop gas-saving habits, such as: 

(1) Always accelerate gently;
(2) Watch traffic ahead of you so you can anticipate slow-downs and avoid stops;
(3) Coast up to traffic jams by lifting your foot off the gas pedal instead of approaching at full speed and slamming on the brakes. It takes 20% more gas to accelerate to normal speed from a full stop than it does from four or five miles per hour;
(4) Don't drive too fast or too slow. It takes 20% to 30% more gas to drive at 70 mph than 50 mph;
(5) Maintain a steady speed on the highway. Avoid getting stuck behind slow cars where you have to slow down to their pace and then speed up to pass.

Potential Money Savings: $390/yr.