Effecient driving is safe, effective, and eco-friendly.
With some simple strategies, drivers can do their part to protect the planet and make roads safer, all while saving money. Speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking are hallmarks of aggressive driving. Each of these habits puts drivers, their passengers, and other motorists at risk of accident and injury. Unlicensed drivers learning to drive are often taught the benefits of defensive driving. Safety is often the focus of such lessons, but the benefits of driving safely and efficiently extend far beyond safety.
Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by roughly 15 to 30 percent at highway speeds and can contribute to a reduction in fuel efficiency by as much as 40 percent in stop-and-go traffic.
By taking these steps to drive more efficiently, drivers can save money and potentially even lives.
AVOID ROOFTOP CARGO
Rooftop cargo units can be beneficial for family vacations or other extended getaways. But, using rooftop cargo boxes as travelling storage units for items you don’t need daily or keeping empty units attached to vehicle roofs compromises fuel efficiency. Rooftop cargo bins increase the aerodynamic drag on vehicles, forcing them to burn more fuel than they would need to burn while moving without anything attached to the roof. Large, blunt rooftop cargo boxes can reduce fuel efficiency by as much
as 25 percent when a vehicle moves at speeds between 100-125 kms per hour.
DON’T TREAT YOUR TRUNK LIKE A CLOSET
Trunks are not closets, so resist the temptation to use them to store golf clubs and other items that are better stored in a house or garage. Research has indicated that an extra 100 pounds in a vehicle can reduce gas mileage by about 1 percent. Because that figure is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight, drivers of small vehicles may find using their trunks as closets to be especially costly and inefficient.
USE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN POSSIBLE
Cruise control makes it possible for vehicles to maintain constant speeds. That helps drivers ensure they are always obeying the speed limit, and it keeps cars from the constant acceleration and deceleration that wastes fuel.