An American male drives 16550 miles per year* on average. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.18 per gallon for gas.** Do the simple maths you can easily figure out that you are making 150 bucks every year if you stick to the speed limit. And that’s merely the assumption based on your habitual speed only 5mph more than the speed limit. If you are used to driving faster, hmmm, that’s not only $150 we are talking about here.
Changing lanes, swerving at high speed, not stopping at traffic lights, speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking, all these driving behaviors fall into one basket, which we call aggressive driving. If you’re a frequent driver, chances are you’ve already witnessed these behaviors or maybe you’ve fallen into some of them yourself. But do you know that driving less aggressively or driving sensibly is not just about being civil or staying out of trouble?
Believe it or not, getting into the right kind of driving habits help you make money on fuel! It can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic.
If you are already aware of your improper driving behavior and would like to make some change, do you still have a chance?
Surely, the answer is YES. And HOW?
We summarized three basic principles you can easily follow.
- Take your time: Stopping your car suddenly will lose your fuel and put yourself in danger. So deaccelerating smoothly and using engine braking appropriately will allow you to stop your car safely and cut down your fuel costs at the same time.
- Stick to the speed limit: the faster you go, the more fuel you use. Driving at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph, so, if you stick to the speed limit, not only will you be safer and avoid a heavy fine, you’ll also be saving money in the process.
- Keep your cool: We know how stressful and frustrating driving can be, but getting back at an annoying driver is not worth the potential compensation costs you may need to cover and it certainly isn’t worth risking your life.
Besides all the abovementioned rules you should bear in mind, there are tons of driver feedback devices in the market place and you can use to monitor your driving behavior. A recent study suggests that they can help the average driver improve fuel economy by about 3% and that those using them to save fuel can improve gas mileage by about 10%. What’s more, these devices can help you drive more efficiently.
Introducing the ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor. Once installed you can easily access the EzzySaver Dashboard, which, by the name alone, you can tell, give you peace of mind by letting you know how many hard brakes how much time of acceleration you’ve been driving and how much time you’ve spent idling. However, we do have other devices that could boost driving safety and make money. Check our previous article about Tips to Improve Gas Mileage.
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- *Data source: https://www.autogravity.com/autogravitas/money/whats-average-miles-driven-per-year-car-lease-guide
- *** Calculated by average mpg=20, data source: https://www.cars.com/articles/best-and-worst-gas-mileage-2018-1420698621218/