Efficient Driving Tips
Fueleconomy.gov efficient driving tips include:
Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) “can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic.”
Observe the speed limit: “While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph.”
Remove excess weight and avoid hauling cargo on the roof: Or at least remove the external cargo container when not using it.
Avoid excessive idling: “It only takes about 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle.”
Note: A little-known Massachusetts law limits unnecessary idling to 5 minutes. Violators are subject to fines. More information.
Resources on the Web
A service of the ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy), this site publishes the annual GreenerCars ratings.