Drivers can conserve fuel by learning how driving behaviors affect fuel economy and by adopting techniques to save fuel and money. The amount of fuel your vehicle consumes depends heavily on how you drive. See the information below and FuelEconomy.gov for information about driving efficiently.
Speeding increases fuel consumption and decreases fuel economy. Fuel is required to provide the energy necessary to overcome resistance from air and tire rolling.
Driving conservatively can help you save fuel and money. Vehicles use the most energy when accelerating. Using cruise control on the highway can help drivers maintain a constant speed. Obeying the speed limit, gentle and well-timed acceleration and braking, and reading the road ahead can improve the fuel economy of your vehicle.
Combining trips can save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary stopping and starting of your vehicle. Shorter trips can use twice as much fuel as one long, multi-purpose trip covering the same distance.
Reduce Vehicle Load
The additional weight of items left in a vehicle requires more fuel to propel your vehicle. Hauling rooftop cargo also increases drag. Offload any unnecessary items to reduce the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Maintaining vehicles properly can improve fuel economy up to 40%. Devices and additives claiming to improve fuel economy and reduce pollution should be carefully evaluated for legitimacy.
Visit the AFDC for more techniques for drivers to conserve fuel.