It is almost necessary for a full time working parent to own a vehicle. How else would you get back and forth to work, get your kids to school, or run all the necessary errands? Sure, public transportation is one option, but that is almost impractical and would be completely inefficient. Owning a vehicle really does afford you a lot of benefits. That being said, fuel for your vehicle is going to account for a massive portion of your day-to-day expenses and with the rising gas prices, it is now more important than ever to learn how to preserve your fuel when you are driving.
You can probably remember back to eighth-grade science where you learned about momentum. You probably remember your teacher quoting over and over again a body in motion stays in motion. Well, basically what this means in that when you are in motion you are exerting less energy or force. And, for a vehicle, its energy is the gas. Only break when necessary and try to remain at a consistent speed.
Don’t Ride Those Brakes
You always want to keep your foot away from the brake pedal as much as possible. It doesn’t matter how lightly you are pressing the pedal it is going to cause the vehicle to drag, which will greatly impact your overall fuel consumption. It also places unnecessary wear on the engine, transmission, and brake pads.
Don’t Drive Like A Stock Car Driver
If you are trying to improve your 0 to 60 times, you are only going to consume more fuel. Racing around town will usually require fast braking and even quicker accelerating. All of these motions are not only going to chew up your fuel efficiency, but they are going to do it quickly. Studies show that aggressive driving can impact your fuel consumption by as much as thirty-three percent when on the highway and five percent when you are in town. Try to accelerate at slower speeds until you finally reach that desired speed.
Keep An Eye On The Weather
This little tip comes down to science again. Did you know that liquid expands when exposed to hot temperatures and compacts when exposed to colder temperatures? What does this mean exactly? It means that if you buy gas, you should buy it when it is warmer out because you will get more bang for your bug. Of course, this might not always be possible depending on where you are located. However, during the spring and fall times, you might be able to save yourself some fuel consumption and cash by waiting until the afternoon to buy fuel.
Keep An Eye On Those Tires
You should always make sure that your tires are properly inflated for safety reasons, but if you aren’t keeping up with this very important practice, you might be surprised to learn that your tires can also impact your gas mileage. A tire that isn’t properly inflated will cause your car to drag when it is in motion, which is going to eat away at that fuel. With underinflated tires, it will also take the vehicle longer to stop. Now, imagine what you are doing to your fuel efficiency if all four tires aren’t properly inflated.