Driving Tips to Save Fuel

Top 10 Ways You Can Drive Differently to Maximize Gas Mileage:

  1. Combining trips - map out errands and conserve fuel by doing more than one thing per trip.
  2. Trying alternate commutes - from carpooling to taking MARTA or riding a bike to work, there are many great ways to change up your commute.
  3. Observing the Speed limit - On average, every one mph increase over 50 mph reduces your fuel mileage by .1 miles per gallon. That's one mile per gallon less for every 10 mph over the speed limit you drive. Depending on your driving style and how fast you drive, you could waste 20 to 70 cents per gallon.
  4. Relaxing - Avoid hard or "jackrabbit" starts and stops. Aggressive driving can reduce your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
  5. Reducing excess vehicle weight -  Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your trunk. Each 100 pounds can reduce your economy by 2%.
  6. Turning off the engine - Idling for 60 seconds uses as much fuel as re-starting a car. Idling for just 10 minutes per day can waste as much as 22 gallons per year. At $3.00 a gallon, that's $66 in your pocket.
  7. Parking in the shade - By parking in shade or using sun shades on windows, you make it easier on the engine to cool the interior of the car with the air conditioner.
  8. Rolling down windows instead of cranking the A/C when traveling less than 45 miles an hour.
  9. Using AC - When going over 45 mph, it is more gas efficient to use the air conditioning due to air drag.
  10. Maintaining your car - visit our service tips  page for ways that routine maintenance can help improve fuel efficiency.