Tuesday, January 29, 2013
How You Drive Can Make A Difference on Gas
The amount of fuel that your vehicle uses depends on several different factors. A big one of these is the manner of which you drive your vehicle. Speeding can cause excess fuel usage. Punching the gas out from stoplights will also burn excess gas. Speed is another big consumer of fuel that can be avoided, not to mention speeding tickets. Gas Mileage and Cruise Control: Driving erratically will guzzle a lot of gas. Proper gas consumption can be obtained by driving at a steady speed. If you have problems fluctuating speeds, cruise control will help. Cruise control may relax you. It was actually designed to help gas consumption. When the speeds you travel are kept at an even pace your MPH will increase. You can also save gas by using your overdrive gear. To reduce risks of accidents, use the cruise control and overdrive. In automatic cars, overdrive is a default feature. It is made to save fuel. Usually an automatic drive vehicle will shift out of overdrive when towing a trailer or climbing a steep hill but sometimes it will struggle between overdrive and third gear. When this happens it is best to manually take the car out of overdrive. The overdrive gear is the highest gear of the transmission and when using a manual drive vehicle it is used when the vehicle reaches about 43 mph. Traveling down a steep hill may be another good time to take the vehicle out of overdrive if engine braking is desirable. How much gas does it use up to drive at higher speeds? If you want good gas mileage, don't speed. Keeping a constant speed saves on gas and so does leaving stop lights at a steadily increased speed rather than jumping out from the light. Other driving habits like following too close to the car in front will mean a loss of good gas mileage. Close following g means more breaking. Breaking hard will mean more fuel usage. You'll conserve more fuel if you drive defensively. You need to make sure your vehicle has time to slow down. Leave home sooner, so you aren't speeding. When traveling at 70 mph, there is more resistance than at 50. It is best to keep your pace at around 55. You'll be be spending 20 cents more on every gallon for every 5 mph you travel over 60. Other thing to consider: Keeping your windows closed will cut down on wind drag that will use up excess gas. Having things attached to the back of your vehicle will save gas.