Get Better Fuel Economy in Your Chevrolet Part II

As I mentioned before in a previous post, the list of things we can do to get better fuel economy out of our Chevrolet¬†goes on and on and some of these things don’t really do enough to make a difference.

Lucky for you, we’re here to educate you on the ones that do make a difference. We’ve already talked about how we can save by shopping around for low prices, passing on premium gas unless it’s required, reducing our drag, monitoring our tire pressure and selecting “eco” routes. Today, I’ll share a few more tips you can add to your list to really make difference.

No idling. There is no need to warm up your car or keep it running while waiting for passengers. The general rule-of-thumb is to turn off your car if you know you’ll be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Don’t worry about the starter, it is designed for multiple, repeated starts. If your Ford has a push start button, then there is really no reason you should idle.

Combine trips. Avoid making multiple short trips or try to combine all errands into one trip. If you can, avoid rush hour, as sitting in traffic burns more gas and emits more pollutants. Why not try carpooling?

Watch your speed. For those of you out there who like to drive fast, this one will make a huge difference. Did you know that the faster you drive on the highway, the worse your gas mileage will be? ConsumerReports.org saw fuel economy in a tested Camry drop 5 mpg when we¬† cruising speed was increased from 55 mph to 65. Driving at 75 mph cost an additional 5 mpg. Even though it may be hard for some of you to do, try it. I promise you’ll see a difference.

Drive smoothly. Avoid hard acceleration and braking when possible. In the same Camry, ConsumerReports.org found that frequent bursts of acceleration and braking reduced fuel economy by 2 to 3 mpg.

Give the other tips a try and let us know what the results are. I doubt we’ll find anyone who says they didn’t see even a little bit of a difference. In the meantime, check out this video from ConsumerReports.org.

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