Bad driving habits

by admin ~ July 17th, 2008. Filed under: Gas saving driving styles.

One of the easiest things you can do to increase your fuel mileage is to correct some bad driving habits. People often forget that while the type of car you drive is important, the way you drive it can have just as much impact. Here are some bad habits that cause people to lose fuel economy

Driving short trips – If you are making a quick trip down the street, consider just taking a stroll there instead. Don’t forget your trusty bicycle either – either one is completely free, and will even make you feel better! Most Americans forget that walking is a great form of transportation, and can help keep us in shape.

Roaring away from green lights – Mashing the pedal to the floor when pulling away from a green light wastes gasoline faster than you’d guess. Unless it’s the 1950’s, and you’re trying to impress your girlfriend, leave the racing for the track.

Racing up to red lights – If you see a red light ahead of you, instead of powering up to it and slamming on the brakes, try just letting off the gas, and coasting all the way up to the light. This gradual deceleration will use less gas (since you are just coasting), and give the read light time to turn green. If it turns green before you reach the light, then you’ll get a rolling start, instead of coming to a standstill.

Trying to brake the sound barrier on the highway – Driving faster than the posted speed limit on the highway is not only dangerous, but it will actually cost you a significant amount of fuel. In tests by Consumer Reports, driving at 75 miles per hour instead of 65 miles per hour reduced fuel economy by between 3 and 5 miles per gallon, depending on the vehicle. So slow down and save some money!

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