It never fails. Every summer, spiked by demand, gas prices go up. As Americans, we love driving. We do it to get to work, to go on family vacations, or just to hit the open road and get that feeling of the wind whipping through our hair.
As the premier source for Honda replacement parts, we love driving, but we hate losing money. There are a number of ways to burn fuel needlessly and get nothing in return. Keep reading to learn 5 ways you might be wasting gas and what to do about it.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, there’s something intensely satisfying about, when the light turns green, punching the gas and rocketing off the line. It also wastes a ton of gas. You don’t have to poke along like a granny, but slow and steady acceleration gets you up to speed without burning fuel.
Stop and go traffic patterns are a great way to waste gas. By letting your engine run at a consistent and economical speed, you’ll get better mileage. We’re not saying you should blow through red lights. Instead, learn the timings of the lights along your normal routes and try to minimize stopping and starting.
Older cars have a distinctive and undeniable style. They also have out-of-date engines designed for a time when fuel efficiency wasn’t a concern. Current engines utilize fuel much more efficiently and deliver similar power.
We all like to get ahead of other drivers and control our speed. But unless you’re driving in the Indy 500, there’s no need to pass everybody. Get up to a decent highway speed, engage cruise control, and let the computer keep your RPM’s and speed consistent.
This might be a no-brainer, but it’s critical to keep the oil, filters, and sensors checked and changed on time. By blowing off regularly scheduled maintenance, you force your car to work harder and perform worse.