Green Tip Week 1

Try these Eco-Driving tips!


No, I’m not talking about that button on your dash – I’m talking about driving in a way that actually increases your fuel efficiency. 

We all know the basics like keeping your tires inflated, getting regular tune-ups, and removing excess weight from your trunk (think golf clubs), but try these two suggestions:

1)   Use the AC on the highway

  1. That’s right, if you’re driving more than 50 mph, it’s actually more fuel efficient to use your air-conditioning than to have your windows down. Having the windows down creates drag at high speeds, which reduces your car’s fuel efficiency. Want to be even more green? Cycle your A/C on and off for 5 minutes at a time.

2)   Understand the value of coasting

  1. If your foot is not on the gas pedal, you are saving fuel! If you’re driving down a hill, let gravity do the work, not your gas pedal. When you see a light turn red, take your foot off the gas and coast to the light or the stopped cars in front of it. You can also do this when you see stopped traffic for any reason, for example, a car trying to turn left. Sometimes, by the time you reach the traffic, the cars are already moving! Aggressive use of your gas pedal or brakes decreases your fuel efficiency.  

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Paul Angiolillo August 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Katherine, Thanks for the tips for using less gas. Two others, in the "we all know the basics" category: go out at times of day when there's less traffic and the faster you drive over 55 mph the lower your mpg (rent a car with a real-time mpg readout and see the differences).


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