Burn Your Gas Slower with Better Driving

twitter-profilepicThe price of gas is out of our control. As much as we love to complain about the crazy cost of a gallon these days, there is nothing that you or I can do about it. We are at the mercy of the oil companies and the government – in other words, don’t hold your breath for cheaper fuel. However, there is something you can do to save on fuel and keep more dollars in your wallet where they belong.

Beyond purchasing a car that gets good gas mileage, you can actually improve your efficiency simply by changing some of your driving habits. While all of these adjustments are minor tweaks to how you drive, you will be amazed at how quickly they can add up. If you can delay your trip to the pump even by an extra day or two, the savings will be worth it in the end.

Easy on the Gas

The first thing you need to understand is that your gas pedal may as well be a money pit. As soon as you press your foot into the pedal, you are burning fuel (and money) that will never been seen again. Obviously you can’t drive without pressing the gas, but you can be more conservative with how you dole it out. By accelerating slower and easing your vehicle up to speed, you will save fuel and improve your overall MPG. Quick and aggressive acceleration sends excess fuel into the engine and your mileage will suffer as a result.

Choose Your Gears Wisely

If you drive an automatic transmission, the engine has already been tuned to optimize gas mileage. However, if you drive a manual, you can make sure that you are shifting properly to save fuel. Whenever possible, keep the engine in the highest possible gear and you will use less gas. You shouldn’t be making the engine struggle, but keep it out of the lower gears whenever you can.

By accelerating slower and using the right gear for the job, you will be ahead of the game already. For even more fuel efficiency improvement, consider the following –

  • Watch the road ahead carefully so you don’t have to start and stop abruptly
  • Coast into stop signs instead of driving all the way to them and slamming on the brakes
  • Gradually slow down as you approach corners so you can take them cleanly with minimal change of speed

Changing speed requires gas, which costs money. The more you can keep your vehicle at a steady speed, the better gas mileage you will return and the more dollars you will save. Driving smart isn’t necessarily as fun as slamming on the gas, but isn’t it worth it to stay away from dropping so much dough at the pump?

Instead of sitting around complaining about gas prices, or insurance prices, make a change that will save you money right around. Drive smarter using these tips and keep your car away from the gas pump whenever possible. Who knows – if we all use less gas, maybe the prices will come down? Hey, we can dream at least. For now, drive properly to minimize your fuel expense and count your savings at the end of the month.