How to Be Fuel Efficient When Driving

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Are you weary of frequent stops at the Porterville fuel pumps? Have you been seeking information on how to be more fuel-efficient? Did you know that there are fuel-efficient driving habits that can help you save money on gas? For example, how can you conserve fuel while driving up hills? The helpful staff at our service center wants to assist you in improving your gas mileage. So, continue reading to discover how you can enhance your gas mileage simply by changing the way you drive.



Fuel-Efficient Driving Habits Everyone Can Adopt

It’s easy to make your Visalia commute more economical when you adopt fuel-efficient driving habits. All it takes is a little more caution, patience, and self-awareness. Here’s how to be fuel efficient with smart driving habits:

  • Leave early. Stop-and-go traffic is hard on an engine and can use up to 30% more fuel than driving at a steady pace. By leaving early, you can avoid the worst of Tulare rush hour and save money on gas.
  • Make sure your tires have enough air. Tires that are underinflated can increase rolling resistance, which can lead to decreased fuel efficiency. Properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by up to 3%. So, keep them aired up regularly rotated.
  • Go easy on the gas pedal. Driving faster than the speed limit or a comfortable cruising speed can increase fuel consumption. For optimal fuel efficiency, maintain a consistent speed of 55-65 miles per hour.
  • Get up to speed gradually. Stomping on the gas pedal causes the engine to work harder, which uses more fuel. Instead, gradually increase your speed by smoothly pressing down on the gas pedal.
  • Give yourself enough time to stop. Slamming on the brakes at the last minute uses more fuel than gradually slowing down. To conserve fuel, try to anticipate stops and brake early.

How Can You Save Fuel While Driving on Hills?

Hills can be particularly rough on fuel economy. So, how can you save fuel while driving on hills? The secret is to climb the hill slowly. Then, when going downhill, coast as much as possible. Those two steps should mitigate the negative impact on gas mileage.

Porterville Ford is Here to Help

Another way to get the best gas mileage out of your car is to maintain it properly. The friendly staff in our service center would be happy to help you with that. So, schedule an appointment with us online. We’re just a short trip away from Delano, and we’re here to help, so drop by or contact us today!


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