Efficient Driving: Tips for better fuel economy on the road
Efficient Driving: Tips for better fuel economy on the road

Efficient Driving: Tips for better fuel economy on the road

July 31, 2023

In an era of rising fuel costs and increasing environmental concerns, maximizing fuel economy has become a top priority for many car owners. Thankfully, seven simple and effective strategies can help you get better mileage from your vehicle. Let’s explore practical tips to improve fuel economy and support institutions like MOMENTUM to promote sustainability and reduce carbon footprint. 


Proper Vehicle Maintenance – CARS360
  1. Maintain Your Vehicle:

Regular vehicle maintenance (servicing) is crucial for optimal fuel efficiency. Ensure your tires are properly inflated, as underinflated tires increase rolling resistance and decrease fuel economy. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for oil changes, air filter replacements, and tune-ups. A well-maintained engine performs more efficiently, resulting in better fuel economy. 


Smooth Driving – CARS360
  1. Drive Smoothly:

Aggressive driving habits such as rapid acceleration, hard braking, and excessive speeding can significantly reduce fuel efficiency. Instead, adopt a smoother driving style by accelerating gradually and anticipating traffic flow. By driving smoothly, you can improve fuel economy and enhance safety on the road. 


Don’t Carry too much stuff – CARS360
  1. Reduce Excess Weight:

Carrying excess weight in your vehicle can impact fuel economy. Remove any unnecessary items from your trunk or interior that are not required for your journey. The lighter your car, the less energy it needs to move, resulting in improved fuel efficiency. 


Keep your window closed while driving – CARS360
  1. Minimize Aerodynamic Drag:

Reducing aerodynamic drag can have a positive impact on fuel economy. Keep windows closed at higher speeds to minimize wind resistance. Remove roof racks or cargo carriers when not in use, as they increase drag. Additionally, avoid driving with open windows, as this can disrupt the car’s aerodynamics. 


Use Cruise Control on the highway – CARS360
  1. Utilize Cruise Control:

Cruise control is a valuable tool for maintaining a consistent speed on long highway drives. By keeping a steady pace, you can optimize fuel efficiency and reduce unnecessary acceleration and deceleration, as unnecessary speed fluctuations consume more fuel.  


Using Google Maps to plan routes – CARS360
  1. Plan Efficient Routes:

Take time to plan your routes and combine multiple errands into one trip. This way, you can minimize mileage and avoid traffic congestion, improving fuel economy. Utilize GPS navigation systems or smartphone apps that provide real-time traffic updates to help you make informed decisions. It’s 2023 after all! 







Traffic Jam – CARS360
  1. Avoid Excessive Idling:

Idling consumes fuel without any productive output. If you anticipate stopping for more than a minute, it is more fuel-efficient to turn off your engine. Restarting the engine uses less fuel than idling for an extended period. Utilize your car’s AUTO STOP/START system that turns off the engine automatically at a stop and starts it up as soon as the brake pedal is released, and the accelerator pedal pressed. 



Achieving better fuel economy is a combination of adopting efficient driving habits and maintaining your vehicle correctly. By implementing these tips, you can make a positive impact on your fuel consumption, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint. Remember, small changes in driving behavior can significantly improve fuel efficiency, benefiting both your wallet and the planet. 

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By Antony Madilschy, Content Creator – CARS360 


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