AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Change The Way You Drive
Changing your driving habits can improve fuel economy up to 37%.
Jackrabbit starts and aggressive driving habits are costing you big time at the pump, while belching lots of extra emissions into the atmosphere. All vehicles lose fuel economy at speeds above 55 mph. That’s one of the reasons it’s the most common speed limit. Driving 65 mph instead of 75 mph reduces fuel costs by 13%, while driving 55 would save 25%. FuelEconomy.gov estimates that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.12 per gallon for gas.
Reducing aggressive acceleration can save you unbelievable amounts of gas. Most drivers accelerate from 0 to 60-mph in about 10 seconds: According to Edmunds.com slowing that to a more normal city pace of 15 seconds, will provide immediate savings.
Finally, leaving earlier and building in a greater cushion to your arrival time can help you save fuel and stress during your commute or your daily round of errands. LivingGreenMag.com suggests that "If you don’t feel stressed, rushed, or harried, you’re more likely to drive safely and in an eco-friendly manner, thereby saving not only fuel but your health!"