How to Be Fuel-Efficient When Driving

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Your vehicle can only take you so far when it comes to the technology and fuel efficiency of the engine itself. That being said, there are things you can do to build on that efficiency so you can make the most of your Montgomery and Millbrook drives. The best way to maximize those mpg ratings is to put fuel-efficient driving habits into practice. Take a look below to learn more!

 

 

5 Tips for Being a Fuel-Conscious Driver 

Whether you’re heading to work in Wetumpka or hitting the highways for a weekend vacation, you can use the following tips anytime and anywhere to help you make the most of your car’s fuel: 

  1. Accelerate Softly: Press the gas pedal gently; the harder you press, the more fuel you use. Accelerate smoothly and take five seconds to bring your vehicle up to 10 mph from a standstill. 
  2. Plan Ahead for Traffic: Sitting and stop-and-go traffic is not only an inefficient use of fuel, but it can also put mechanical stress on your car’s drivetrain. To avoid rush hour, leave at least 15 minutes early and try to find a shortcut to reach your destination sans the hassle. 
  3. Avoid High Speeds: Cars use more fuel when traveling at higher speeds. To achieve the best possible fuel economy on the highways, for example, keep your speed between 55 and 65 mph (just make sure you’re following the speed limit).
  4. Coast to a Stop: Rather than applying your brakes constantly, look at the road ahead. If there’s no one ahead of you and you need to come to a stop, take your foot off the gas pedal and let your car coast to a stop. How can you save fuel while driving on hills? Reduce your speed as you venture uphill, and again, use your car’s forward momentum to coast downhill. 
  1. Use AC at Highway Speeds: Car AC does require gas, so use it sparingly when you’re traveling around town. On the highways, using your car’s AC vs. rolling down the windows is actually more efficient. This is because opening the windows increases the drag coefficient. 

Find a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle for Sale in Prattville! 

Are you ready to invest in an efficient and reliable vehicle? Contact us today or take a look at our new vehicle inventory to find your perfect new car match. Do you already have a fuel-efficient vehicle, and you want to learn more about how best to take care of it? Then look at our Service and Parts tips hub for more information.

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