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EcoDriving is a method of driving which improves your fuel economy and reduces vehicle emissions. It can also extend the life of your vehicle and improve the safety of everyone using the road. The Campaign Toolbox on the right hand navigation bar allows a local jurisdiction, business or community group to create their own community based campaign.
Plan Your Trips
CONSOLIDATE TRIPS. By planning ahead and accomplishing all your errands at once, you can save both time and gas.
LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD. Did you know that junk in your trunk is costing you money? You can improve your fuel economy by up to 2% by removing extra weight from your car. When not in use, remove roof racks and carriers and heavy items like golf clubs you may have stowed in your trunk.
Maintain Your Vehicle
USE THE RIGHT OIL. Through regular oil changes and using the right oil for your car, you can extend engine life and improve fuel efficiency by up to 2%. Check your owner’s manual to find the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.
CHANGE FILTERS. Replacing dirty air and oil filters improves gas mileage and prevents engine damage, especially on older vehicles.
INFLATE TIRES. Keeping tires at proper tire pressure (PSI) levels improves gas mileage by up to 3.3%. The proper PSI for your vehicle is usually found inside the driver’s side door or in the owner’s manual. Check your pressure at home or at a service station with a tire gauge.
TUNE-UP. Getting a tune-up on your car can increase gas mileage by 4%. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40%. Regular maintenance really pays off!
SPEEDING COSTS. Fuel efficiency usually decreases rapidly at speeds over 55mph. You can save as much as 15% per gallon by slowing down from 65mph to 55mph.
STEADY IT UP. Maintaining a steady speed in town and on the highway improves fuel economy and makes roads safer. In town save gas by driving with the flow of traffic signal timing instead of rushing to a stop at the next signalized intersection. On the highway use your cruise control to keep a steady speed.
JACKRABBITS LOSE. Avoid quick starts and stops to conserve gas and maximize brake life. Starting from a stop takes more gas.
AVOID IDLING. Thirty seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine. If you know you will be waiting for more than 30 seconds, such as a railroad crossing, drive thru line, or picking up the kids, go ahead and turn the engine off. In addition to saving fuel, you will reduce air pollution both outside and inside your car.
DRIVE WITH THE WIND. Added air drag on your car can cut fuel efficiency by 5%. Close windows when driving above 50mph and unload racks and carriers when not in use to improve your gas mileage.
MODERATE AC. Use your air conditioning sparingly to improve your gas mileage by 5 to 25%.
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