How to Get Better Mileage while Driving

Getting better mileage out of your car is a great way to save money while being environmentally conscious. Even when gas prices are relatively low, forming a habit of getting good mileage can pay off in the long run.

  • Learn to anticipate red lights and stop signs so that you can coast. Don’t waste the energy of a moving car slamming on your brakes at the last minute. Conserve kinetic energy by coasting to a stop whenever it is possible and safe.
  • Use cruise control while driving down long stretches of highway. Cruise control will help you avoid unnecessary braking, and will help you maintain a constant speed.
  • Popular Mechanics recommends that you should actually accelerate quickly from a dead stop instead of slowly moving up to full speed. Cars are less fuel efficient in lower gears.
  • Avoid idling whenever possible. Don’t leave your car running if you are just sitting in the car. Give the car 30 seconds to warm-up during the winter.

Follow these tips to get better mileage while driving.

 

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