Fuel Saving Tip Four: Don’t accelerate up hills.
Don’t accelerate up hills if it can be avoided. Why fight gravity if you don’t have to. It takes less energy to maintain your speed than it does to increase it so just keep going at a steady speed rather than trying to race to the top. If you don’t want to do it yourself, using the cruise control makes this especially easy.
Fuel Saving Tip Five: Read the Road.
Reduce your use of the breaks. This tip is actually more about reading the road that using the breaks. When you accelerate you burn fuel to give your car kinetic energy. When your car has too much kinetic energy for the driving conditions or in other words is going too fast you use the breaks to slow down, the breaks use friction to turn this kinetic energy into heat which is of no use to anyone.
So, how do we avoid using the breaks, really it’s as simple as if you know that you are approaching an intersection where you will need to slow down, rather than pushing the break, you could take your foot off the accelerator earlier and coast up to it. Of course this is not always possible so common sense needs to be applied however on roads you know well such as your daily commute I think you’d be surprised just how many opportunities there are to do it.
Fuel Saving Tip Six: Avoid over acceleration.
Accelerating hard does get you up to speed faster but it also uses more fuel than a more measured approach. For my car, I found that if I just ensured that the engine didn’t cross the 2000rpm line while accelerating I would get an acceptable rate of acceleration and good fuel economy. Of course, this will not be the same for all cars.
There you are. The six things that reduced my fuel bill by more than 20%. Nothing complicated, mostly just common sense.