Fuel-efficient driving can save you hundreds of dollars in fuel each year, improve road safety, and prevent wear on your vehicle. Growing these fuel-efficient driving habits to lower your vehicle’s fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 25%.
Let’s take a look at these driving habits.
Driving in the most economical speed range
Driving at 55-60 mph is typically the most fuel-efficient, depending on the type of vehicle and how quickly the speed is reached. Tests have shown that varying your speed up and down within this range every 18 seconds can increase your fuel use by 20%. Larger trucks and vans have a fuel efficiency speed of around 30-40 mph.
If stopped for more than 10 minutes, turn off the car to save gas. Outside of the monetary benefits, reducing time spent idling can help cut greenhouse gas emissions. Those 10 minutes of idling as mentioned above not only use up more gas but also emit up to one pound of carbon dioxide. Limiting idling times as much as possible can not only help reduce the effects of climate change, but it can also improve air quality as well.
Coast to start and stop
Allow the vehicle to speed up and slow down at a steady rate. While slamming on the brakes is sometimes unavoidable, one of the main suggestions for hypermiling is to anticipate when braking is needed on the current route. By letting off the gas and allowing the vehicle to slow down naturally, drivers can ensure there is no unnecessary strain put on their brakes and reduce their fuel usage. Then, when braking is needed, pressure should slowly be applied to bring down the car’s speed without causing a hard stop. The same practice can be applied when accelerating from a stop.
Driving in the most economical RPM range
Because cruising at an efficient speed uses much less than the maximum power of the engine, the optimum operating point for cruising at low power is typically at very low engine speed, around or below 1000 RPM.
Maintain proper PSI for better performance
You can improve your gas mileage by 0.6% on average—up to 3% in some cases—by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2% for every 1 psi drop in the average pressure of all tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.
The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner's manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire's sidewall.
Tire efficiency is all part of getting the maximum return on investment for anything related to your automobile. Maintaining the proper psi will allow your tires to last months or even years longer than ordinary. It also means that the miles per gallon are the best that can possibly be gotten out of your car’s fuel. It all adds up over time. Very simple inspection of tires and proper inflation can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of the tires.
Studies have proven that the Fuel Use index increased dramatically while the tire pressure decreases (under-inflated). And as you can see in the graphics below, the right-hand chart reflects the very situation of how the underinflated tire can raise fuel use.
Record Fuel Mileage
Check for mileage per liter. Change and improve driving patterns.
Keep your air filter clean, replace it when necessary. Change engine oil and filter on time.
Weight reduction actually. Only carry stuff that you need.
How ZUS can help to improve your gas mileage?
ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor
The ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor offers the user the ability to monitor their driving habits by integrating the data onto the EzzySaver Dashboard.
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Based on all the above factors, the EzzySaver Dashboard is designed to cultivate fuel-efficient driving habits by monitoring your real-time driving performance. The whole dashboard alerts you when you are not driving efficiently. After driving with it for some period of time, you won’t miss the chance of growing all the fuel-efficient driving habits, thus saving you more money.
ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor
Knowing your tire pressure readings all the time can really help you improve your gas mileage. For those old vehicles that aren't equipped with TPMS that have exact readings, we highly recommend our ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor. Equipped with the German sensors to collect real-time pressure data, the algorithm behind the scene really makes ZUS STSM the most reliable piece in the market. This AccuTemp algorithm can tell the car owner if a tire is in the trend for a slow leak by analyzing the data collected. Keep using ZUS STSM will help you grow the habit of maintaining your tire pressure within a healthy range and avoid the embarrassment of worrying about your tire pressure during your drive.