How to Increase Fuel-Efficiency When Driving

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You’re not alone if you’re tightening your Marion budget. One easy way to save money is to increase fuel economy and choose a more fuel-efficient new vehicle for your daily Gas City commute. Many new cars are more fuel-efficient than past models, but the best way to increase fuel economy is to be mindful of your driving habits. Read on for some helpful tips on how to save money when driving on hills and other ideas from the team at Greg Hubler Buick GMC. 



5 Tips to Increase Fuel Economy 

Whether you’re heading to work in Hartford City or out of Wabash for a road trip, one driving technique to increase fuel efficiency is to accelerate softly. Get the details and more tips below:

  1. Accelerate Softly: Press down on the gas pedal gently; the faster you accelerate, the more gas you use. Accelerate smoothly and try to take five seconds to reach 10 mph from a standstill. 
  2. Use Air Conditioning Sparingly: Using the air conditioning system can increase fuel consumption by up to 20%. When you turn on the air conditioning, use the recirculate setting instead of leaving it on full blast. 
  3. Plan Ahead for Traffic: Stop-and-go traffic around Marion is not only an inefficient use of your time and fuel, but it can cause mechanical stress on your vehicle’s drivetrain. Do your best to avoid rush hour traffic, leave earlier, and try to find a less-traveled route to reach your destination.
  4. Avoid High Speeds: Cars use more fuel at higher speeds. To increase fuel economy on the highway, keep your speed between 55 and 65 mph (unless that is far below the speed limit).
  5. Coast to a Stop: Just like you shouldn’t accelerate quickly; you shouldn’t slam on the brakes or ride them either. Watch the road ahead and if there’s no one ahead of you and you need to stop, take your foot off the gas pedal and try to coast to a stop. 
  6. How can you save fuel while driving on hills? Decrease your speed as you travel uphill, and use your vehicle’s forward momentum to coast downhill. 

Find a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle for Sale at Greg Hubler Buick GMC! 

Now that you know how to increase fuel economy, if you’re ready to start shopping for a new vehicle that’s fuel-efficient, contact us at Greg Hubler Buick GMC. Our friendly team will show you our most fuel-efficient models, take you on a test drive, and explain the benefits of electric cars. Please check out our new vehicle specials, complete a finance application, and reach out to us today! 


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