We’re living in a golden age of commerce. New technologies are constantly driving down prices and driving up competition. This is great for the consumer, but can be a challenge for the producer or the worker. While most transportation services have certain guidelines that their drivers need to abide within, we thought we would offer some tips to keep that gas mileage up and save some money. These are tips for drivers, managers, or even your everyday commuter on maximizing fuel mileage. Enjoy!
- Avoid the Breaks, but Stay Safe
We hope no one read this first tip, felt vindicated in their need for speed, and ran out to continue a life of speeding, because that’s no way to save on mpg. In fact, the ideal speed for an average big rig is around 65 miles per hour, well under most posted freeways. Instead, what we mean by avoid the breaks is that to get the most miles out of your gas tank, it helps to avoid coming to complete stops. It takes more energy to get your car moving after a complete stop than it does if you’re simply moving slowly.
Imagine you’ve got a red light in front of you. Most people ride the gas pedal until it’s too late and they’ve got to brake for the light. Instead, allowing your speed to naturally dip is preferable. Even if you don’t make it quite to the light by the time it switches, that half a second in added commute time will make its way straight into your wallet.
- Know Your Climate
With summer just around the corner, more and more air conditioners will get turned on for the daily commute. However, some people opt for rolling down their windows to cool off. So, which option will save you money in the long run? Well, that depends on the speed at which you’re driving. For slower speeds, it is preferable to have your windows rolled down and to enjoy the breeze, but as you gear up to highway speeds, that same breeze becomes drag as it pulls back against the interior of your car. If going to hit the highways, save yourself some money and roll up your windows.
- Keep Your Tires Firm
As most of you reading this are likely aware, your tires have a window for what pressure they should be inflated to. Often times the suggested pressure is well below the maximum allowable pressure. The reason for this is that having your tires less inflated makes for a smoother ride. Unfortunately, this comfort comes at the expense of fuel economy. By simply increasing your tire pressure to their maximum potential pressure, you’ll be saving fuel. Sure, you might feel potholes and bumps a little more strongly than before, but you’ll also start to feel your wallet bulge from all the money you’re saving.
These are just three tips that almost everyone can use to increase their gas mileage and save money. These tips should never come at the expense of proper vehicle maintenance, which is also a huge factor in fuel economy. Instead, these are tertiary benefits that many people are missing out on. Try them for yourself. We’re sure you’ll be glad you did.