Everyone loves summer months with the beautiful weather, the vacation time for students, and the opportunity to hit the open road. Unfortunately, gas stations also love summer, as the price of gasoline goes up along with the demand.
Have no fear, though! We have put together a few tips to help you get through the summer
Road rage is a serious problem, but did you know it can also cause fuel inefficiency? Rapid acceleration and sudden braking is about the worst thing you can do to save gas. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that driving sensibly can boost fuel efficiency from anywhere between 5 and 33%! That translates to some serious savings, and might also help reduce your blood pressure.
Lighten the Load
While not offering nearly as much benefit as calmer driving, taking out unneeded items can actually improve your fuel efficiency. It is estimated that removing 100 pounds of items can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 2%. While that might not seem like much, over the course of summer the savings add up!
Speed Limit and Cruise Control
Texas has the benefits of wide open spaces and flat terrain (mostly—here’s looking at you Hill Country!). Because of this, cars can benefit from cruise control. Furthermore, speeding can actually cause you to drain your gas tank faster! Driving over 50 miles per hour reduces fuel efficiency. Obviously, you shouldn’t drive 50 on a highway, but in residential and city driving, keeping your speed low may actually keep your costs low too!
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