If you’re looking to get the most mileage possible for your money, you’ll have a hard time going wrong with so many of the great new vehicles available at Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Ruston. But even when you opt for an efficient ride like the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore, or GMC Canyon, you can do more with the way you drive to make your dollar stretch further. These fuel-saving driving tips will help you maximize your mileage to the fullest.
Stay under the speed limit
Going over the posted speed limit won’t just put you at risk of getting a ticket — it can cost you money in other ways. According to FuelEconomy.gov, every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph adds $0.21 to the price of a gallon of gas. Try to keep your vehicle as close to the speed limit as possible and reap the rewards.
Cut the clutter
If you have a bunch of heavy items in the trunk of your car, you might be losing money on the regular. FuelEconomy.gov says that 100 pounds of additional weight can knock down your mpg rating by around 1 percent. That’s about three cents per gallon, and it can really add up over time.
Turn off the engine
You may think it’s better to leave the engine running than to turn your vehicle on and off. That’s simply not true. When your engine is on and you’re not moving, your vehicle is getting 0 mph and you’re burning fuel for no reason. Restarting your vehicle uses about 10 seconds’ worth of fuel, and idling uses upwards of a half-gallon every 60 minutes. You don’t need to be a math whiz to know which is smarter for your wallet.
If you follow these and other fuel-saving driving tips from FuelEconomy.gov, you can bank on paying less the more you drive. Looking to upgrade to something more fuel-efficient in 2021? Look no further than Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Ruston in Ruston, Louisiana.