Driving Tips That Save You Money

Posted onFebruary 28th, 2017 byFrank

Looking to save some money on your gas bill every month? As a driver, there are ways you can increase your fuel efficiency, meaning you’ll spend less at the gas pump. Follow our tips below for better fuel economy no matter what kind of vehicle you drive!

Lower Speeds

Slowing down while you drive can actually help save you money. For all of you out there with lead feet, it’s time to take some pressure off the gas pedal. The faster you drive, the more wind resistance your vehicle encounters, and the harder it has to work to push through that wind resistance. By slowing down, you can give your car a little break. About every 10 mph that you accelerate, you lose about 15% of your fuel economy.

Higher Gears

This one is for all of you stick-shifters. You’ll save money if you get into the highest gear you can, but go at the lowest possible speed. Your vehicle uses less gas when the engine turns slower (which happens at higher gears). You might not be able to accelerate quickly, but at least you’ll be saving gas, and therefore, money.

Fewer Brakes

You are using a ton of gas every time you step on your car’s bakes. This is because you are wasting the acceleration you used gas to generate when you step on the brakes. To use your brakes less, drive proactively and anticipate when and where you’ll be stopping. Accelerate slowly and coast through to the next stop. Stop accelerating and then slamming on the brakes. Over time, you will start to see huge savings in gas costs.

Less Idling

You are losing mpg when your car is idling. Idling vehicles are wasting money—plain and simple. If you have the option, turn your car off. Your wallet will thank you. On that note—stop warming up your car in the winter. Believe it or not, “warming up your car” in the winter isn’t really doing anything. If it’s below freezing, let your car run for MAYBE a minute to let it warm up—but stop going out to the driveway early in the morning to start the car. You’re just wasting money.