Fuel Economy Driving Tips
A hard reality that most drivers must ultimately face is the cost of fuel. Unless you drive a fully electric vehicle, you are going to need to put gas in the tank eventually. This process amounts to a monthly bill that, if left unchecked, can seriously eat into your wallet.
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to save some money at the pump. We’ve compiled a list below of a few simple tips that, if followed, can help crimp some of the cost.
Higher speeds result in lowered efficiency. The faster you go, especially on a regular basis, the more fuel your engine will consume to keep up with you. Try driving a bit slower and you’ll start to see some savings, without significantly affecting your travel time. (It’s safer too!)
Vehicles are designed to work with tires that are fully inflated to their manufacturer specs. Under-inflated tires lose their firmness and start to ‘flop’ as they rotate. The energy passed into the ground by each ‘flop’ is the energy that could have been used to maintain your speed, which means that your engine must burn more fuel to keep up. Keep your tires inflated appropriately and you should see a big improvement to your fuel expenditure.
Acceleration, specifically high RPM, can burn fuel quickly. Drivers of vehicles with automatic transmissions can spare some fuel by accelerating more moderately and avoiding sudden lunging. If you drive a standard, try shifting earlier than normal to keep your RPM low. It will start to add up.
Stick with Stock
As mentioned above, vehicles are designed to work with specific wheels in mind. Changing tires and wheels is trendy and can produce fun results with performance if done correctly, but it can also seriously affect your fuel economy. Keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to trick out your car.
Vehicles often weigh two tons or more, so it’s easy to forget that every pound affects how efficiently your vehicle runs. If you have a vehicle with significant storage space, occasionally take stock of what you are carrying around and determine if anything can be left at home. Removing several pounds of unwanted junk can save you an equivalent amount of fuel in the long run.
With so many different classes of vehicles available today, it can be easy to wind up in a vehicle that doesn’t suit your needs. When considering a vehicle purchase, think about what you need and look at smaller vehicles that provide it. Smaller vehicles use less fuel.
If you are able to implement even a few of the tips listed above, you may find that you can save a few dollars at the gas pump and do your part to help the environment as well. Additionally, if you are considering a new vehicle purchase, we invite you to visit our showroom to browse what we have available. We are Island Toyota, located at 1591 Hylan Blvd, on Staten Island, and it would be our genuine pleasure to show you around.