Brad and I are headed to Victoria at the end of the month, and it had me thinking about travel. With spring break coming up, I’m sure many of you will be travelling soon as well. There is a lot to plan for when going on a trip, and fuel efficiency is not often at the forefront of concern. However, getting good gas mileage can save money and the environment. Here are 16 green vehicle tips to do just that. Plus, I’ve created a pre-trip checklist and included it at the end of the post for free to ensure you’re getting the best fuel efficiency every time you travel.
- a properly tuned engine gets 4% better gas mileage
- clogged air filters can cut fuel efficiency by 10%
- properly inflated tires increase fuel efficiency by 3%
- fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve fuel economy by up to 40%
- a car’s fuel efficiency typically peaks at about 80 km/h (50 mph)
- rapid acceleration and hard breaking will decrease fuel efficiency by up to 1/3 at highway speeds
- 10 seconds of idling uses more energy than restarting the vehicle
- avoid rush hour – crawling along creates 8 times the greenhouse gases and air pollution as normal highway speeds
- slowing down from 120 km/h (75 mpg) to 90 km/h (55 mph) will increase fuel efficiency by 25%
- if you’re driving a manual, shift up as soon as possible – driving in a higher gear decreases the rpm and fuel usage
- every 100 lbs of stuff in your car costs 1-2% in fuel economy
- roll down the windows – air conditioning increases fuel consumption and uses environmentally damaging fluids
- low-rolling resistance (LRR) tires increase fuel efficiency
- diesel engines are more efficient, longer lasting, and get 40% better mileage
- hybrids cost more, but you save on fuel and some local governments offer an energy tax credit
- consider taking the bus, carpooling with friends, or using a ridesharing service
To make sure you’re ready for your next road trip, download my free Pre-Trip Fuel Efficiency Checklist and get the best gas mileage possible.
How do you keep a green vehicle?