Stretching Your Gas Dollars Without Changing
Did you know that merely
using fuel efficient driving techniques can improve fuel economy in most
vehicles by more than ten percent? That's the news at a new federal web site.
Sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency,
www.fueleconomy.gov is a tool to help consumers make wise decisions about gas
mileage, vehicle safety ratings and greenhouse gas emissions of different makes
and models of vehicles produced in the last 15 years.
Some of the fuel-saving
tips at the site:
- In highway driving, more
than 50 percent of the energy required to move your car down the road goes to
overcoming aerodynamic drag - pushing air out of the way. As you drive faster,
aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance increases. As a result, at speeds
above 55 miles per hour, fuel economy decreases rapidly.
For the average passenger
car, by cruising at 65 instead of 70, or 70 instead of 75, you'll be paying
yourself $5 per hour in saved fuel. Owners of larger light trucks can save as
much as $10 an hour.
- Overdrive gears improve the
fuel economy of your car during highway driving. When you use overdrive gearing
your car's engine speed decreases. This reduces both fuel consumption and engine
- Using cruise control on
highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will
reduce your fuel consumption.
At the web site, car
shoppers can also locate information - gas mileage and safety ratings - on the
latest cars, pickup trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles.
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