Gas prices taking a toll on your wallet? Which is the best way to save money on gas?
Getting a car with better gas mileage is, no doubt, the best thing you can do. See the list at the end of this post from Consumer Reports for the most fuel-efficient cars.
But there are things you do even if you don’t want to buy a new car. Read the following to save money!
Keep a lower speed. Driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph will improve your fuel economy with approximately 5 mpg. When Consumer Reports increased the Camry’s highway cruising speed from 55 mph to 65, the car’s fuel economy dropped from 40 mpg to 35. Speeding up to 75 mph cost the car another 5 mpg. Aerodynamic drag increases exponentially the faster you drive, and at highway speeds, more than 50 percent of engine power is used to overcome aerodynamic drag.
You should also avoid hard acceleration and braking whenever possible. Frequent bursts of acceleration and braking reduced the Camry’s mileage in Consumer Reports’ test by 2 to 3 mpg.
Tires are another important factor. Under inflated tires can reduce your fuel economy with another mpg. On top of that, under inflated tires affect handling and braking, and wear faster. And they run much hotter, which can lead to tire failure. Getting tires with lower rolling resistance is also an improvement you can make.
You should also remember that engines run most efficiently when they’re warm. Multiple short trips and starting with a cold engine each time increase your fuel consumption. It also adds to air pollution and your engine wear. Try to combine short trips into one, avoiding long stops.
Does it really make a difference? Isn’t it easier to save money on car insurance?
You should do both. The driving behavior described above will save you at least 10% on gas. Shopping for a good price on car insurance might also pay off.
|Most Fuel-efficient Cars|
|Rank||Make and Model||CR Overall MPG|
|1||Nissan Leaf SL||106|
|3||Toyota Prius IV||44|
|4||Lexus CT200h Premium||40|
|5||Honda Civic Hybrid||40|
|6||Smart For Two Passion||39|
|7||Honda Insight EX||38|
|8||Volkswagen Golf TDI (MT)||38|
|9||Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagen TDI (MT)||37|
|10||Honda CR-ZEX (MT)||35|
|11||Volkswagen Jetta TDI||34|
|12||Fiat 500 Pop (MT)||34|
|13||Ford Fusion Hybrid||34|
|14||Scion xD (MT)||42|
|15||Mazda2 Sport (MT)||33|
Note: Nissan Leaf SL and Chevrolet Volt runs on electric fuel.