Efficient Driving Techniques*
Touch on the Accelerator will Yield the
Best MPG. A
vehicle is least efficient when
accelerating. Use just enough power to
reach desired speed without hard acceleration. Then
steady as it goes.
High Speed Cruising greatly diminishes fuel economy. Above 65 mph fuel economy drops off at rapid rate. Running air conditioning, heat or other engine-powered accessories makes engines work more lessening fuel economy.
Read the Road Ahead. If you see a red light or stop sign ahead, back off the accelerator to avoid braking hard and then accelerating hard to get back up to speed after a stop. Plan Your Route. Combine trips and plan the most time-efficient driving route. A route with right turns is generally more efficient than one with left turns because you don’t have to stop before turning across traffic.
Limit Idling. If idling for more than one minute, Please Turn Off the Engine! This saves gas AND harmful air pollution emissions.
Proper Maintenance for Peak Performance. The top two maintenance tips are proper tire pressure and a clean air filter. Tire pressure even 1 psi low will reduce mpg by 0.3 % (EPA). Check tire pressure once/month. A dirty air filter can restrict air to the engine and choke off fuel economy and engine efficiency.
*EPA, AAA and Guide to Green Cars