By DivineCaroline via EcoSalon
Did you know that regardless of the vehicle you drive, there are ways to drive more efficiently that can yield big savings over the course of a year? This means savings not just in your pocket from the gas spared, but also saving the resources of the planet and creating less pollution in the place we all live.
The number of miles driven has steadily increased over the years. With that growth comes the increasing impact of our driving habits on our planet, which makes now a better time than ever to practice driving more efficiently.
There are some easy things that we all can do to save fuel. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways that everyone can test-drive to drive greener.
1. Control accelerations
By accelerating slowly and steadily to our cruising speed, we let the vehicle work more efficiently at becoming an object in motion from an object at rest. If we gun the gas and try to get to speed quickly, then we stand the greater chance of needing to slow down again, losing all of that momentum.
2. Empty the trunk
An extra 100 pounds in the trunk will reduce your fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent in the typical vehicle. —Edmunds
So you’re still carrying around that camping gear from last summer in the trunk and the golf clubs have taken up permanent residence in the back seat? For every extra pound you carry, you pay the price to accelerate it and slow it back down each time you drive. By cutting down on the extra unneeded junk in the trunk, we save all that energy required to drive it around town.
3. Turn off the air conditioning
Using the air conditioning in a vehicle can increase fuel consumption by up to 10 percent. This is an easy way to save fuel. And just imagine if you suddenly had 10 percent of all the money you spent on gasoline last year in your hand.