Originally posted on Metropia.com
With the increasing price on gas every year, every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy.
You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?
Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to get moving, the more fuel it will burn.
Here are ways you can reduce the amount of rolling resistance your tires produce and get around more efficiently:
1. Air pressure
Tires that are deflated by 8 psi can increase rolling resistance by as much as 20%! Check your tires for the appropriate air pressure on a monthly basis. Manufacturer’s specifications will be visible on the outer wall of your tires, so follow that guideline when you fill your tires.
St. Patrick’s Day isn't the only important green part of spring. Driving green or optimizing fuel economy so you can save more "green" is also crucial this season. Here are a few tips to help you drive green so you can save this season:
Change your driving habits
Driving aggressively can impact your fuel economy. The faster you accelerate your vehicle, the more gas you’ll use. Speeding and sudden starts and stops can waste gas.
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) speeding and other aggressive behavior behind the wheel can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and five percent during city driving.
Driving the speed limit is always the best option for fuel efficient and safe driving.
Gas mileage decreases quickly when driving more than 50 miles per hour.
Increase speed slowly and brake as slowly and softly as possible.
Watch your weight
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