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Driving Techniques that Help with Fuel-Efficiency

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One way you can save hundreds of dollars each year is to learn how to increase your fuel-efficiency. Not only that, but it can also help to prevent wear and tear on your vehicle, and improve road safety.

If you follow these 5 fuel-efficient driving techniques, you can both lower carbon dioxide emissions and your vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 25%.

Try to Maintain a Steady Speed

If you constantly increase and decrease your speed, you end up using more fuel than necessary. You increase your fuel by up to 20 percent by doing so, according to tests.

One way you can combat this is by using cruise control when driving on highways. When traffic allows, you can also try allowing your speed to drop when you travel up a hill, then regain your lost momentum when you roll down a hill.

When Accelerating, Do It Gently

When you accelerate, you use more fuel, end of the story, and you lose even more fuel the harder you accelerate. You can fix this by easing onto the accelerator pedal more gently.

Try to imagine you have a hot cup of coffee sitting on your dashboard. Your goal is to accelerate without having it fall over. If you can achieve that, you can achieve higher fuel-efficiency.

Anticipate the Traffic Ahead of You

It is always a good idea to look ahead while driving to anticipate the traffic ahead of you. Keep a comfortable distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. You should also watch out for pedestrians and any other object that might cross your path.

Imagine what the other cars might do in advance, and keep your speed as steady as possible. Not only will you save in fuel costs, but driving this way is also safer.

When Decelerating, Try to Coast

When possible, try to coast instead of full-on hitting your brakes when you need to come to a stop, or when you need to slow down.

Using your breaks unnecessarily wastes your forward momentum, and you’ll pay for the difference in fuel costs. Try to look ahead and anticipate how traffic is behaving, and you’ll know whether it is safe to try coasting instead of braking.

Avoiding Driving at High Speeds

The faster you drive, the more fuel your vehicle is going to consume. While it might be fun to drive a few miles faster over the limit, you’ll eventually pay for it, and you won’t save much time for the effort.

Instead, try to stay at speed limits or only slightly above. You might save two minutes of your travel time, but you’ll pay 20 percent more in fuel cost.

DJ Swanson

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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