Eco-driving Tips

 

Eco-driving Tips

Eco-Driving Tips

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Use your phone's Waze orGoogle Maps app to avoid heavy traffic
  • Keep your car in top shape: Tire pressure, type of oil, wheel alignment...these can all help or hurt your gas mileage
  • Drop some weight: Full trunks weigh your car down
  • Consolidate trips: Cold engines get poor mileage, stringing errands together can save you gas and dollars 

Avoiding Crashes

  • Remember that it’s not all about you! Crash avoidance is an important component of green driving
  • Be considerate: Don’t anger other drivers by going way too slow or accelerating at a snail’s pace when you have a bunch of cars in back
  • Maintain a safe space around your vehicle: Tailgating can anger the driver in front, making them drive poorly
  • If you're driving unsafely, you're not eco-driving: Resist the temptation to roll through stop signs and run red lights!
  • Eco-driving is about balance: Treat other drivers with respect. We all make mistakes.

Driving Style

  • Minimize idling: It gets you zero MPG. Warm up by driving instead!
  • Smooth accelerating and braking: You know this one, so make it a habit
  • High speeds hurt MPG: Vehicles differ, but most cars get their best mileage in the 45 to 60 MPH range
  • Stay steady: Fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic, and hard braking all waste fuel...plus they wear out brakes and tires more quickly.
  • Use Cruise Control: When it's safe to do so
  • AC hurts MPG: When possible, minimize the use of air conditioning
  • Open windows are a drag: Having your windows open at higher speeds is like having a parachute on the back of your car!