Fuel-efficient driving can save you hundreds on fuel each year as well as lowering your carbon footprint by 25%. By using any of these 5 tips, you can do yourself and the world a huge favor.
When you accelerate quickly, more fuel is being used. Imagine there is a cup of coffee on the dashboard. You are not allowed to spill it so better go slow! A good rule to go by is to take 5 seconds to increase to 10 miles an hour from a full stop.
Maintain a steady speed
Going at a constant, steady speed allows your fuel to be used at a constant rate. Accelerating and decelerating as little as 7 miles per hour every 18 seconds increases fuel used by 20%. Cruise control is a great way to keep fuel usage to an absolute minimum.
Always watch traffic so that you can anticipate and plan ahead. Give yourself plenty of room to react to others’ driving. Always watch others to predict what they might do next. With stead speeds and safe driving practices like these, you are using your fuel efficiently.
Drive the speed limit
By keeping slow, you are saving so much fuel. Most cars become fuel-inefficient when traveling between 50 and 70 miles per hour. They need far more fuel to travel faster so it is important to go slow.
Decelerate by coasting
By watching traffic and planning ahead, it is possible to brake by coasting. Simply take your foot off the gas pedal early enough and you are braking in the most fuel-conscious way.
Source: Natural Resources Canada