For drivers who want to spend less at the pump, we have dozens of tips to help them improve their fuel economy and save money on gas.
Proposition 6, which would have repealed the recent California gas tax increase, was soundly rejected by California voters on Tuesday. As a result, the gas tax will increase again as planned next year. The average California driver can expect to spend an extra $125/year at the pump to fund transportation infrastructure projects.
We recognize the important of transportation infrastructure investments. But we also recognize that $125/year is a significant amount of money for many California drivers. So how does a California driver offset this tax increase at the pump? Keep reading. We have the answers.
If you regularly drive on the highway, the best thing you can do to save money on gas is reduce your cruising speed. Once you reach 50 mph, for every 5 mph you add in speed, you lose roughly 7% in fuel economy. This decrease in MPG can prove costly at the pump over time. And you won’t lose much time by slowing down. For example: Driving 15 miles at 65 mph takes 13.8 minutes. Driving 15 miles at 75 mph takes 12 minutes. Is a roughly 15% decrease in fuel economy worth 1.8 minutes?
How do you improve your MPG when you aren’t on the highway? Newer cars often come equipped with an “eco-mode” button. If you have it, use it. Driving in eco-mode smooths your accelerations and often limits the load placed on the AC. It can significantly improve your MPG.
But what do you do if your car doesn’t have eco-mode? DIY. How? It’s very simple – drive like you aren’t in a rush. Slower off the line = savings at the pump. If you really want to replicate eco-mode driving, turn off your AC when you are accelerating onto highways and going up steeper climbs.
These are just two of our recommendations that any driver can adopt to start saving money on gas. If you want a few more tips for increasing your fuel efficiency, you can read our recent Post on “5 Tips for Maximizing Fuel Efficiency.”
If you want to save even more, you can check out ten of our favorite tips by reading the Post we wrote last year when the gas tax increase went into effect.
Looking for even more savings? Visit our Driving Smarter Tips Page, select “Fuel Efficiency” as your area of interest when prompted to subscribe to our Newsletter, Subscribe, and then download a .pdf full of our favorite tips.
At Driving2Save, we make it easy for you to substantially increase your MPG and spend less money at the pump. That’s a win-win. Our tips also improve your vehicle safety and reduce your emissions. So really, if you follow our tips to increase your MPG, it’s a win-win-win-win.
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