How to Be Fuel-Efficient When Driving

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If you’re like most Boca Raton drivers, you’re always looking for new ways to conserve fuel while running your daily errands. Many of our new vehicles are fuel-efficient by nature, but the best way to maximize those mpg ratings is to also put fuel-efficient driving habits into practice. How can you have fuel while driving on hills or other kinds of terrain? Read on for a few great tips on how to be fuel-efficient as you go about your daily drives. 



5 Tips for Fuel-Efficient Driving Habits

Whether you’re heading to work in Pompano Beach or hitting the highways for a weekend vacation, you can use the following tips anytime and anywhere to help you make the most of your car’s fuel: 

  1. Accelerate Softly: Press the gas pedal gently. The harder you press, the more fuel you use. Accelerate smoothly, and take five seconds to bring your vehicle up to 10 mph from a standstill. 
  2. Plan Ahead for Traffic: Sitting and stop-and-go traffic is not only an inefficient use of fuel, but it can also put mechanical stress on your car’s drivetrain. To avoid rush hour, leave at least 15 minutes early, and try to find a shortcut to reach your destination sans the hassle. 
  3. Avoid High Speeds: Cars use more fuel when traveling at higher speeds. To achieve the best possible fuel economy on the highways, for example, keep your speed between 55 and 65 mph (just make sure you’re following the speed limit).
  4. Coast to a Stop: Rather than applying your brakes constantly, look at the road ahead. If there’s no one ahead of you and you need to come to a stop, take your foot off the gas pedal and let your car coast to a stop. How can you save fuel while driving on hills? Reduce your speed as you venture uphill, and again, use your car’s forward momentum to coast downhill. 
  5. Use AC at Highway Speeds: Car AC does require gas, so use it sparingly when you’re traveling around town. On the highways, using your car’s AC vs. rolling down the windows is actually more efficient. This is because opening the windows increases the drag coefficient. 

How can you save fuel while driving on hills or even on steady roads? Hopefully, we’ve answered this question for you, and you now have a better idea of how to be fuel-efficient when driving, but reach out to our dealership for any other questions you have!

Find a Fuel-Efficient Truck in Pompano Beach! 

Are you shopping for a new vehicle that’s as luxurious as it fuel-efficient? Contact us at Sheehan Cadillac to schedule a test drive near Fort Lauderdale. We’ll give you a tour of our most fuel-efficient models and help you find the right model for your lifestyle. Want more advice for taking care of your car or fuel-efficient driving habits? Refer to our handy service tips hub! 


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