Tips for Improved Fuel Economy

With the constant rise in the fuel prices witnessed almost every year, fuel economy is quickly being adopted by most car owners. Car makers all over the world are also putting in every effort to ensure they produce sleek but efficient engines which can go even further. Despite all the improvements being made, attaining fuel efficiency is not only influenced by the engine. The driver or the owner of a vehicle equally has to drive in a responsible manner. If you are seeking out ways to promote fuel economy, you will find the tips below quite helpful.


Improved Fuel Economy Tips

Majority of drivers make the mistake of accelerating and braking hard. This happens mostly because drivers tend to be in a hurry to arrive their destinations. Heavy braking and acceleration increases fuel consumption massively. Slow acceleration plus moderate braking are the most effective ways of combating fuel wastage.

Make use of cruise control functionality as this is a helpful way of avoiding speeding. It additionally aids in maintaining a consistent pace particularly during long drives. On long trips, it can be rather difficult to maintain certain speeds. As a result, you may be forced in the process to make adjustments either by slowing down or speeding up thereby adding stress to the engine. By locking the speed of your car using cruise control, your engine will find it easier to maintain a constant pace.

Unnecessary idling must be avoided at all costs. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are forced to stop your journey for some time, it is advisable for you to turn off your engine instead of letting it run as this consumes fuel. Some cars consume fuel of as much as half a gallon every hour when the air conditioner is on and also when the engine is idling. To attain fuel economy, switch off your engine and restart it whenever you are ready to take off.

Aggressive driving is another unnecessary driving habit that certain drivers have. This sort of driving puts stresses on the engine and forces it to work extra harder. As a result, more fuel will be used. When you drive aggressively, you can reduce fuel economy of your car by almost 33%. Therefore you need to learn to accelerate and brake gradually since this will enable your automobile to either decrease or increase its pace in a smooth manner thereby limiting the amount of work it will be required to perform.

Make it a point of driving in the right gear whenever possible. When you drive in the 3rd gear for instance when you can actually engage 4th makes your car burn more fuel. Engaging the highest gear is a brilliant idea at about 2000-2500rpm. However, when going up a hill for instance, fuel economy can be achieved by shifting down to lower gears since high gears will not be appropriate for such conditions.

Maximizing fuel economy in your vehicle largely depends on the ability of a driver to drive a car efficiently while avoiding unnecessary and aggressive maneuvers. Apart from saving a substantial amount of money each year, you will also stay safer on the roads. All the advancements made in the technologies applied in engines will not help much if vehicles aggressively and dangerously.

For more information about tips for improved fuel economy and getting the most out of your vehicle, contact Performance Trucks today at (334) 260-3582.


  1. With how the gas prices continually rising, these tips will help out with the finances.

  2. When you drive a manual always trying to be in the right gear is a definite way to save on gas.

  3. These are some great tips. Thanks for explaining fuel economy.

  4. Fuel economy is such an important topic. With gas prices on the rise, will there ever be a breakthrough.

  5. Great tips for improving mileage per gallon. Very necessary stuff.

  6. I’m normally very aware of my fuel economy. I could definitely work on the heavy accelerating and braking though.

  7. I have an automatic car, and honestly I never worry about which gear I drive in (I think that was directed to those with sticks.) But, I love the tip of the idling – sometimes when I’m driving and get tired I’ll pull over, leave the car running, and take a nap. Next time I’m shutting off the car.

  8. The only extra warning I will add to the cruise control use statement is to be sure that you are not using it in “hilly” areas. This tends to promote fuel wasting because your car, in the end, isn’t the best judge of WHEN to accelerate. I actually blew a gasket and melted a cylinder once because my cruise control revved up my engine for no reason when a huge headwind tricked my car’s computer into speeding up when it wasn’t needed. Great article, though!

  9. I have always driven with slow acceleration and gradual braking in my corolla. I get anywhere from 30-35 mpg and it’s only a 2005 corolla. The newer vehicles can milk out 40+ mpg (not talking electric vehicles). Awesome tips!

  10. Thanks! I have usually sped up and slowed down according to how I felt at the time… explains why my Mondays and Fridays lead to poor fuel consumption! haha

  11. I fail at a lot of these tips ha. I find it hard not to speed up quickly because it seems in always in a hurry. I will watch that.

  12. Cruise control = the greatest thing since sliced bread. I couldn’t imagine being stuck without it on the highway after I have used it for so long! Thank you for the helpful info!

  13. I guess I need to slow down if I want better gas mileage. I think its a fair trade off.

  14. It’s a bit trickier in an automatic transmission vehicle than a manual for the shifting aspects of fuel economy. There are a few tricks you can use in an automatic to help you out with fuel economy though–try to “get up to speed” instead of “flooring it”. Works wonders according to my digital tac that shows my estimated MPG.

  15. I loved the days of $0.98/gallon of gas, but those times are LONG GONE; now, more than ever, fuel efficiency should be a cornerstone of driver’s ed–not only does it prevent fuel wasting, but it promotes safer driving because people aren’t RACING from point A to point B. Nice post!

  16. I can’t recall, off of the top of my head, where I read that you should shut your car off when you’re going to be stopped for more than 30sec. It sounds like a valid point to me–all I know is that if I am at a safe place to stop and I’m going to get out of the car, I try to shut it off.

  17. Slightly unrelated to fuel economy, but I’ve heard that turning off the A/C before you start your car can prevent extra wear and tear on your timing belt on start up. Prius for everyone! 😛

  18. Windows down on the highway and vents open–I’ve heard that this can give you a nice boost to your fuel economy! Not sure of the validity behind this, given there are numerous factors that contribute to highway MPG. Thank you very much for the information!

  19. If we all drove electric vehicles and used something other than fossil fuels for electrical power generation, couldn’t we avoid the need to get better gas mileage, altogether? There would still be range efficiency maximization to worry about, but at least we wouldnt be burning more of a fossil fuels–polluting the atmosphere as we go along.

  20. Is is smarter to leave your windows up or down when you’re in the city? I’ve heard that it’s tricky to tell the difference between which is better. If you know, please let me know! I’m always trying to maximize my fuel economy!

  21. I never knew that breaking hard would hurt my fuel consumption so much. Great information, thanks for sharing.

  22. I read an interesting article a while back that gave tips about increasing fuel economy while pumping your gas. Things like when, where, and what do look for when you are pumping your gas. I’ll try to find it again and post it here.

  23. I guess it really does pay to slow down and drive safely, even in the pocket book.

  24. I have always known that speeding was not that smart, but I had no idea that it was that hard on the car and the mpg.

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