Road Trip Or Shopping Thanksgiving Weekend? 5 Tips For Efficient Driving
Whether taking a road trip or hitting the Black Friday sales, we have put together tips for efficient driving to save fuel, improve air quality, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- Change speeds gently. Whether accelerating or braking, it is better for your car’s components. Driving at a moderate speed and using cruise control when possible further increases efficiency.
- Remove excess weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones.
- Keep tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires are dangerous, wear quicker, and decrease engine efficiency.
- Plan and combine errands and outings. Avoid traveling during the most congested times of day. Start-stop driving is among the most energy intensive mean of car travel. Combining errands saves a trip!
- Minimize idling. No matter what kind of car you drive, idling wastes energy. For gasoline-powered cars, idling can use up to half a gallon of fuel per hour, much more than restarting your car. In addition, modern cars do no need to be “warmed up” before driving — even in cold weather.
A win for you, a win for the environment!
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