At a time when the national average gasoline price is hovering just above $3.70 per gallon, finding ways to save money at the pump is a goal for many Americans, not just the price-conscious. Recently, Ford Motor Company released a great infographic detailing the top 6 driving habits of fuel-efficient drivers. These habits are easy to adopt, and will immediately impact your pocketbook.
Here are the 6 money-saving habits of fuel-efficient drivers:
- Lose Some Car Weight – An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2 percent. Luggage piled on a roof can reduce aerodynamics and hurt fuel economy by 5 percent.
- Don’t Speed – Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas and can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in city driving. Every 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an extra 30 cents per gallon of gas.
- Minimize Use of Climate Controls – Use climate controls selectively to reduce engine load. Using the air conditioning less when temperatures are above 80 degrees can cut fuel use by 10 to 15 percent.
- Watch Tire Pressure – Keeping tire properly inflated can reduce fuel usage by 3 to 4 percent.
- Keep Up with Maintenance Schedule – Proper engine tune-ups keep vehicles running efficiently and wheels aligned. Wheels fighting each other wastes fuel. Using quality oils with the viscosity grade recommended in the owner’s guide is preferred.
- Minimize Idle Time – idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour (depending on engine size and air conditioning use). Today’s cars don’t need to warm up and should be shut off when idling for more than 30 seconds, such as at a bank drive-up window.