Hypermiling has become a popular term over the last few years. With gasoline prices a couple dollars more expensive than it was even ten years ago, most look for ways to save money at the pump. Use some of these hypermiling techniques to improve your mpg.
Don’t idle for more than 30 seconds – A lot of time while we’re behind the wheel, we are not even moving. It is true that starting up your engine uses more gas, but only about the equivalent of idling for 30 seconds. So, if you find yourself waiting, turn off your engine and save some gas.
Keep tires properly inflated – When tires are underinflated, the part of the tire that is in contact with the road increases, thereby increasing friction and lowering efficiency. Underinflated tires can reduce fuel mileage up to 25% and are one of the most common reasons fuel efficiency drops.
Lighten your load – Only carry what you need in your vehicle. Carrying extra weight reduces fuel economy. In fact, for every 250 lbs., you lose about one mile per gallon.
Drive at a constant speed – Frequently accelerating and braking wastes energy and reduces fuel economy. Keep plenty of space between you and other cars, and try to stay at a moderate, constant speed.
Keep calm – Road rage isn’t just bad for your health, it is also bad for fuel economy. Driving aggressively lowers fuel mileage.
These are just a few of the ways you can save some fuel while driving, and we may get in to some more tips in another post. In the meantime, if you need any help on the side of the road, use thisFife Towing coupon to save the next time you need roadside assistance!