One of the biggest appeals to purchasing a diesel engine is that they is that they are between 25 and 30 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline-powered engines. In addition to just driving a diesel engine instead of a gasoline engine, there are a few simple things you could be doing to get even better mileage on your already fuel-efficient automobile.
Stop Driving So Fast
Did you know that, for most vehicles, your gas mileage takes a huge nose dive when you reach speeds of more than 50 miles per hour? In fact, you can assume you are paying an additional $0.16 for every 5 miles over 50 miles per hour you drive. Always observe the speed limit, and leave with more time to get to your destination to prevent feeling like you need to drive faster because it is only costing you more money to do so.
Make The Ride As Smooth As Possible
Did you know drivers with a lead foot who constantly accelerate and decelerate end up using more fuel every time they drive? In order to get the best mileage possible, you need to smooth out your ride. This means you should avoid slamming on the brakes or punching the gas pedal.
Don't Stop and Start
Have you ever been behind a vehicle at a stop light that continues to inch forward slowly even though the light is red? It is better for your vehicle to get up to the light and gradually come to a stop until the light changes. Continuing to inch forward is not going to get you there faster and it is not going to change the light faster. The only thing it will do is eat up more of your fuel.
Turn Off Your AC
The engine of your vehicle provides power to every single system in your vehicle, this includes your air conditioning. Unfortunately, the air conditioning uses a significant amount of power. This forces the engine to work harder, which causes it to need more fuel. If you don't really need the AC on, turn it off. Try driving on the highway with your windows down, enjoying the fresh breeze of air instead.
In addition to all of these steps, it is important to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Low fluids or poor tire pressure can also impact the mileage of your vehicle. Get your vehicle tuned up on a regular basis to ensure you are getting the best mileage possible.
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