We’re living in a world where the global economy is stressed. Just look at what’s happening in Europe. America may just be getting out of its recession but that doesn’t mean we should ease up on our spending habits. Now more than ever we should constantly be thinking of how to cut corners and where to make savings.
Fuel consumption is one of those areas that should always be monitored. If you own a car, thinking of ways to cut down on your gas consumption should always be top of mind. And there’s good reason to do so, we are spending so much on fuel but fuel prices just keep going up. Since we don’t have a lot of control over fuel prices we should take it upon ourselves to save on gas and, thus, save money.
Here are some cool ideas that can help you save gas.
Accelerate and try to reach 60MPH at a significantly faster rate than the top 0 to 60 time of your vehicle. It may sound like you’re wasting fuel but you’re not. Popular Mechanics has conducted tests and has proven time and again that doing this will put your car in the most fuel efficient top gear more quickly compared to slowly accelerating from gear to gear.
Coast in gear
One of the most common tips you’ll read about fuel efficiency is to coast whenever you can. This would usually mean putting your car in neutral. Some people do not recommend this because it can be dangerous. In short periods it can be okay but a more fuel efficient trick is to actually coast while you’re in gear – that is letting go of the gas pedal and just allow momentum to propel you. According to car experts, some gas is still used to keep the engine running when you coast in neutral. But coasting in gear does not consume fuel.
A second related tip would be to anticipate stop lights and any temporary obstacles – like a car getting on the road – slowing down but never coming to a complete stop. The constant stopping and starting consumes a lot of gas. If you can master anticipating traffic you can increase your mile-per-gallon consumption by up to 50 percent.
Use the A/C strategically
Save gas by turning the A/C off – but only on low speeds. When you’re in faster speeds, say, on the highway, a vehicle with windows open develops drag, and this will mean consuming more gas to maintain your speed. When you reach 60mph and even faster close the windows and turn on the A/C.
About the Author
Mel is has been working for new media for the last ten years. He’s a new driver and he has been mining his experience as a brand new motorist writing for MyNRMA.com.au