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Fuel Saving Tips

Drift Wide Around Corners

When turning corners, you'll scrub off LESS momentum by NOT turning so sharply. NOTE: When making a right turn, California vehicle code you're suppose to turn alongside the curb. But, when making a left turn you can make a wide turn and drift into the far lane to keep up your vehicle speed. - Doug in Oakland, CA

posted by ChewChewTrain on January 17, 2016

this tip works for 23% of voting Fuelly members.

Smartest Driver on the Road

Drive according to the stoplights. At almost every single stoplight that turns red on approach you will notice other drivers just keep barreling up toward the light and then finally hitting the brakes hard at the end. This shows more than anything how simple minded and unintelligent humans generally are. When a light changes red you must immediately let off of the gas! If you coast slow enough you won't even have to stop (in smaller towns) and will still be rolling when the light changes green. This is how I drive, and when you start driving this way you will be the smartest driver on the road.

posted by Peakstar on January 16, 2016

this tip works for 97% of voting Fuelly members.

Check Engine Light diagnostic may become a Gas Saving Tip

Did that yellow or red Check engine light come on? Have it diagnosed right away and don't ever delay if it needs a repair to your Oxygen Sensors and Mass-air flow sensors when they go bad. It will cost you a lot of money as they reduce MPG or may damage the engine if they are not functional and kept properly adjusted.

posted by andy92129 on January 14, 2016

this tip works for 90% of voting Fuelly members.

planning your kindness at junctions?

Many drivers stop to let others out at junctions, but are they considering there fuel consumption, carbon emissions and kindness to those following them? Better to look well ahead and increase the gap between you and the vehicle ahead so the driver has time to emerge without you stopping. Do you check your mirror to see how many people behind you stop when you let one vehicle out if a junction?

posted by mookev on January 9, 2016

this tip works for 84% of voting Fuelly members.

Try to avoid stops

Look well ahead and avoid accelerating towards hazards and stops. Lift off early for that traffic light, queue or roundabout. Can you get there when you can go.? Imagine the "speed" film with Sandra Bullock? Your car will explode if you go slower that 5mph. !

posted by mookev on January 9, 2016

this tip works for 93% of voting Fuelly members.

Achieving High MPG Requires a Race Car Driver's Mentality

The best MPG tip I can offer is to reset that thing between your ears. While you and race car drivers move at opposite ends of the speedometer that's the only difference. Both think of ways to modify their vehicles to perform better. Both choose appropriate driving tactics to get around efficiently. Both use driving skills, whether it be EOC or picking the right corner line. So, consider a new tankful of gas as the "drop of the green flag" and the start of a "new race". And, pulling into a gas station is the drop of your "checkered flag". Be efficient! Doug in Oakland, CA

posted by ChewChewTrain on January 8, 2016

this tip works for 74% of voting Fuelly members.

Neutral coasting

Coasting in neutral in most cases is more fuel efficient then leaving the transmission in gear and allowing the ECU to shut off the injectors. This is because in neutral you can coast MUCH farther than you can with the transmission in gear and engine braking. If you need to slow down then and only then should you coast in gear as the engine braking is beneficial at that time.

posted by campisi on December 23, 2015

this tip works for 32% of voting Fuelly members.

Park your car facing East every night

This especially helps in the winter when the sun comes up, it'll almost always melt the frost on your windshield so you won't have to scrape it. The heat will also warm up your engine bay a bit so it will aid in your fuel economy slightly by creating a warmer engine before you start it.

posted by buyingconstant7 on December 22, 2015

this tip works for 56% of voting Fuelly members.

Ford Ecoboost

Seems I'm learning especially with direct-injection, turbo charged, gas-powered engines that, unlike diesel engines with the same kind of systems that can suck in lots of air w/o more fuel in the mix, it's very important to prevent the turbo from spooling fast and hard by keeping light pressure on the accelerator and avoid downshifts when possible. Use the extra low-end torque via the turbo, straight injection system to accelerate and maintain speed. Otherwise, they'll be no economy advantage.

posted by gregsfc on December 16, 2015

this tip works for 70% of voting Fuelly members.

Air Gap that right foot

Anytime I am driving at a constant pace, I regularly lift my foot completely off the accelerator and then slowly re-apply to maintain my speed. It really pays off on slight downhill grades on the interstate.

posted by rwoltner on December 14, 2015

this tip works for 30% of voting Fuelly members.

V6 Honda Accord During Highway driving

When Cruising at 70 mph or faster (speed limit here is 80 here), turn the Economy switch OFF. I instantly get an extra ~ 4-6 mpg. It might be also worth trying below 70 -- I never go that slow. btw, My Accord has 30,000 miles on it.

posted by Worldtraveler777 on December 10, 2015

this tip works for 9% of voting Fuelly members.

the first park is the best park

At the end of your commute, avoid driving around looking for a parking spot, go to an area where you know you'll find a spot and take the first spot you see. You might have to walk a bit further, but you'll save fuel (and wear and tear on your car), and the walk will be good for your health :-)

posted by JakobusVdL on December 9, 2015

this tip works for 94% of voting Fuelly members.

Do you want to learn how to achieve better fuel milage.?

Simple. Drive your vehicle until the 'low fuel' light comes on, then just keep on driving it. Push the odometer trip button and see if you can go another 30 miles. My low fuel light comes on when I still have 2 gallons left… so if I get 20 mpg I should be able to go 40 miles, right.? When you are using your last 2 gallons of fuel, you will quickly learn how to get good fuel milage… the closer to an empty tank, the better the lesson. Just try it a few times and you will see for yourself… you will learn quickly. :)

posted by PTSDBOB on December 7, 2015

this tip works for 11% of voting Fuelly members.

Use the least viscose grade engine oil

Most vehicle handbooks will list the different engine oil viscosity which are safe to use in your engine at a given temperature. Pay attention to the climate you experience and use the least viscose oil as this will have less friction in your engine. I was using 5w30 as per the handbook in my Toyota, someone suggested I should be using 10w40. I tried this and my MPG went down so I switched back to 5w30. Make sure the grade is appropriate for your engine and climate and only use the least viscose oil that is specified for your engine and climate. Mine is 5w30.

posted by 4bang on December 4, 2015

this tip works for 79% of voting Fuelly members.

Don't save fuel at the expense of others

Many fuel saving tips work great if you're the only car/truck on the road. However since most of us don't have that luxury, you have to balance your gas saving skills while keeping other traffic on the road in mind.

posted by jhinsc on December 3, 2015

this tip works for 93% of voting Fuelly members.

Gas additive for 10-20% better mileage

I bought a 2008 Prius new. It now has 180,000 kms. on it and runs perfectly. I run a mixture of 1 ounce acetone to 10 gallons gas and I get an average of 10 to 20 % increase in mileage in weather 40f and warmer. It is basically like running high test fuel with more octane. If you want more info, Google search for gasoline and acetone mix and read about it. I am here to tell you, IT WORKS! If you mix too much acetone in the fuel, it WILL cause damage, burn valves, melt pistons ect. I found that the 1 ounce to 10 gallon ratio is a safe and effective amount. Hey, If it saves you $10.00 per tank for about $0.10 of acetone, why not.

posted by appraiser on November 28, 2015

this tip works for 3% of voting Fuelly members.

Downshifting up hills

In a manual, only downshift as much as you have to. If you can get up comfortably in 3rd gear, don't downshift into 2nd as it uses more fuel at a higher rpm. On top of this, use the cars momentum and keep your speed up at the bottom of the hill.

posted by iDanoo on November 26, 2015

this tip works for 85% of voting Fuelly members.

Think about adding a partial/full grill block for the winter

If you have a way to gauge your temperature then adding a grill block is a good way to help the engine warm up faster and once your car is upto operating temperature you can use your blower (set to hot) to cool the engine (you may have to experiment first by turning your hot blower on to see if it does lower your engine coolant temps). also, by doing this all the waste heat is going into the car to keep you warm and not heating the outside air.

posted by Mikes1992 on November 26, 2015

this tip works for 84% of voting Fuelly members.

Drive-thru idling

While stopped in the drive thru (whether there is a line or not), I always shut my engine off and engage the parking brake until I need to move again. I've found this increases my mileage quite considerably, especially when the line moves more slowly than I expect it to.

posted by Hawkraptor on November 15, 2015

this tip works for 69% of voting Fuelly members.

If you have a squeal when you turn the wheel you may be wasting fuel

A worn power steering pump can cost plenty fuel consumption. Same for any accessories that are dragging or brakes that are seized up, these things are especially common on vehicles that were stored.

posted by MTA4171 on November 15, 2015

this tip works for 83% of voting Fuelly members.

Manual Transmissions - Use relaxed shifts

When shifting, do so at a lazy pace so that there is a slight pause before re-engaging the clutch - there are two main benefits: longer pause between shifts allows the engine speed to slow down and rev-match the next gear, which will reduce wear on the clutch. The other benefit is the pause means less time on the accelerator and making use of the momentum you've already built similar to "pulse and glide". This effect may not work with all cars, especially ones with performance flywheels, as lighter flywheels increase engine response, making the rev-matching much quicker compared to the heaver, but smoother running flywheels of normal cars.

posted by jerm1027 on November 13, 2015

this tip works for 52% of voting Fuelly members.

Coasting in Neutral

If you own a modern common rail diesel engine such as a VW TDI, coasting in neutral uses more fuel that coasting in gear. The engine managment system shuts off all fuel to the injectors when coasting in gear since the drivetrain keeps the engine turning. This also provides braking effort to slow down the vehicle, in this case the engine becomes an air compressor. Once the engine speed decreases below a certain RPM (~1000rpm), fuel is then reapplied to keep the engine running as the transmission is disengaged.

posted by Scratchy101 on November 7, 2015

this tip works for 82% of voting Fuelly members.

Keep calm & carry on

Getting hot under the collar because of other peoples actions on the road will only make you drive more aggressively. This wastes fuel, reduces your rational decision making & increases the risk level you're willing to take. Most likely you'll not gain any time either, so keep in chilled in the drivers seat.

posted by techathy on November 4, 2015

this tip works for 97% of voting Fuelly members.

F150 achievement- 2.7 Ecoboost.

Reviews and drivers show disappointing 15-19 mpg F150s with 2.7 V6 EB. But my new reg cab XL @ only 4167 lbs, 3.31 rear axle; light foot; low RPM; slow on hwy (65 mph), no idling, can achieve mpg above 20 mixed. Ecodiesel and little Duramax will do better, but F150s with 2.7 start @ $27K MSRP; diesel mid-size and 1/2-ton start @ $34K MSRP.

posted by gregsfc on October 31, 2015

this tip works for 17% of voting Fuelly members.

Old Cars W/ manual overdrive, beware!

I've noticed, particularly in cold weather, shifting my '96 Oldsmobile Ciera into overdrive (4th) causes the engine to cool down to the point where it is not at operating temperature. This plays havoc with my consumption, so I only allow it to shift up to 3rd, which helps immensely.

posted by bigdamnhero on October 30, 2015

this tip works for 28% of voting Fuelly members.

See a Red Light, Foot Off The Gas

See a red light in the distance, take your foot off the gas. Your momentum will get your car towards the light without using gas. If your lucky, the light might turn green and your off driving without having to sit at the light.

posted by OttaCee on October 29, 2015

this tip works for 99% of voting Fuelly members.

Go for least amount of fuel used instead of lowest MPG (or L/100km)

Everybody wants to get low fuel consumption figures for bragging rights but consider that the really important factor is how much fuel you end up using to get to your final destination. Especially true for daily commutes. Consider route A: 40km at 5.0l/100km Consider route B: 35km at 5.5l/100km Naturally route A seems better and gives us a better looking Fuelly sig but route A uses 2.0 liters of gas vs route B using 1.925 liters. It also puts less wear-and-tear on your car and makes the warranty last longer. Other things to consider.

posted by dborn on October 28, 2015

this tip works for 91% of voting Fuelly members.

Learn your car's engine

Cruise & accelerate at the optimal rpm for your car's engine. How do you work out what's optimal? On a quiet road accelerate from chugging rpm to the red line at 50-60% throttle. The point at which the engine is most responsive, that's where you cruise. The fastest acceleration is where you accelerate/climb steep inclines.

posted by techathy on October 25, 2015

this tip works for 20% of voting Fuelly members.

Consider Total Cost of Ownership with Tires, not just Tire Pressure!

Many will suggest simply over inflating tires for best mileage. Overinflated tires wear the center before the edges, which can lead to premature replacement. Tires are expensive and may lead to a higher total cost of ownership than the saved gas alone. When tires need to be replaced, choose the rubber compound wisely. Tires that claim "high mileage" use a harder compound that can increase fuel efficiency and cost of use, but will have less traction in winter as well. Choose the tire for the application, not just the cheapest tire or by brand!

posted by miles0smiles on October 23, 2015

this tip works for 92% of voting Fuelly members.

Get to know your cruise control

Late model cars have cruise control systems designed for optimal acceleration, without jerky movements that increase engine and transmission wear. Try it for yourself: As soon as safely possible after a stop, find when the "resume" function will engage. This is as early as 10kph in many new cars. Many such systems are optimized for ideal fuel consumption as well. Recent engine control systems find optimal acceleration automatically. And the faster your car gets up to speed in that manner, the sooner it can get into high-mileage cruise mode!

posted by miles0smiles on October 23, 2015

this tip works for 42% of voting Fuelly members.