Learn Smarter Driving

Following these simple tips can help you become more fuel efficient.

| January 17, 2012

  • Learn Smarter Driving
    Vehicle maintenance, including keeping tires at the correct pressure, can improve gas mileage.
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  • Learn Smarter Driving

John and Helen Taylor, known as the world’s most fuel efficient couple, hold 89 world records and travel the world stretching the boundaries of fuel efficiency. Now, they’d like to help others do the same. The Taylors say that by simply following the MAP to Smarter Driving, drivers can become more fuel efficient and do it on a budget. The MAP includes:

Maintenance 

Perform smart maintenance before you drive.

  • Make sure tires are not over- or underinflated. Proper air pressure cuts down on fuel used while driving. Keeping tires at the correct pressure can improve your gasoline mileage by more than 3 percent.
  • Keep your engine well tuned, and repair problems immediately. If your car has failed an emissions test or is noticeably out of tune, repairing the problem could improve your gasoline mileage by 4 percent, on average.

Actions 



Practice smart actions and behaviors while behind the wheel.

  • Avoid the highs and find the lows. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by 5 percent at lower speeds and by 33 percent at highway speeds. You should assume that for every 5 mph driven over 60 mph is like paying an additional 20-plue scents per gallon for gas, on average.
  • Avoid idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon.

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