There’s not much we can do about the price of gas, but we can do quite a bit about how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. Driving less means spending less. Of course, a little NAPA KNOW HOW can easily show you how to save gas in any vehicle, whether it’s an economical four-cylinder or a big V8. In fact, it’s so easy that you already know how to do it.
Just slow down.
Going easier on the go-pedal pays off. Hard acceleration just sucks up the gasoline. Instead, gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can literally save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Go a little slower on the freeway, too. Once you’re going more than sixty-five miles an hour your fuel economy starts to drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speeds uses less gas.
Plan errands ahead can help you to drive less. Make fewer trips by combining errands.
We car folks like to have fun when we drive. But at current gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot. Dial back the speed a bit – except for maybe the occasional romp – and watch your savings add up at the pump. You can teach a friend how to save gas in any vehicle, too. Just share this article on Facebook or your favorite social media, and be sure to set a good example behind the wheel.
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Nick Palermo is a freelance automotive writer and NAPA Know How blogger. Since becoming an auto news and reviews contributor at AutoTrader.com in 2011, he has broadened his coverage of the automotive industry to include topics like new car technology, antiques and classics, DIY maintenance and repair, industry news and motorsports. A committed advocate for automotive media professionals, Nick is a member of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.