April 20, 2015
Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to spread awareness about the impact our actions can have on the environment. Driving our cars is one of them. While most Honda vehicles have excellent fuel economy on their own, our driving habits and car maintenance can significantly impact how much fuel we are using. This in turn impacts how much pollution we are causing. Here are some fuel economy tips for Earth Day that will save you money and help the environment.
Go the Speed Limit
Generally speaking, the optimal speed limit for the best fuel economy is 50mph. Granted you will not be able to achieve this everywhere, but observing the speed limit will prevent you from aggressive driving behaviors that can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city, according to FuelEconomy.gov.
Lighten Your Load
Hauling excess weight, especially on the roof, can reduce your fuel economy. To put it in perspective, every 100 pounds of extra weight decreases your fuel economy by 1 percent. Roof and rear cargo hauling does even more damage.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Whenever you perform regularly scheduled maintenance on your car, you can improve the life of your car’s fuel economy by 4 percent. According to FuelEconomy.gov, regular maintenance can detect major problems with your vehicle that can actually improve mileage by as much as 40 percent.
Don’t Idle and Use Cruise Control
Too much idling can greatly reduce your fuel economy per trip. If you are going to be idling for more than a few seconds, such as in a long line at a fast food restaurant, turn your car off. It only takes a few seconds a fuel to restart your engine as opposed to the fuel you burn when you are idling.
Cruise control is another great way to conserve fuel. Since cruise control allows you to maintain the same speed without human errors of fluctuation, you burn less fuel. Only use it when driving on the highway where the same speed is maintained with few interruptions, such as stoplights.
Check Your Tires
Tires that are properly inflated can improve your fuel economy by 3.3 percent. For every 1 psi drop in pressure, you can lose 0.3 percent in gas mileage. Besides great fuel economy, tires that are properly inflated are safer for everyday driving.