Efficient Driving Tips

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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.


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