Five Common Sense Driving Tips to Save Gas
Car Accident Attorneys Provides Tips on Saving Gas
Although we have been enjoying lower oil prices in recent years, the price of gas is not going to stay where it is right now. As any knowledgeable car accident attorney knows, there is a huge demand for cars, and other countries are aggressively industrializing to advance their economies. This will increase the demand for fuel, and before you know it, gas prices will skyrocket. If you ever get to speak to an economist about this subject, he will tell you that the government will most likely have to intervene to control the fuel market.
There are a lot of tips and tricks on how to save gas out there. Some of them actually work, while others are simply false. In this article, we will focus our attention on the real, effective methods that can help you reduce your gas consumption.
1. Slow Down
Gas is fuel. It has to burn to supply energy to your car. Naturally, the car needs more fuel if you rev up your engine. Faster means more energy required, and more energy required means more fuel to burn. Some people think that speeding up saves gas because acceleration and the law of inertia keep the car moving forward.
For as long as your foot is stepping on that accelerator, you are burning fuel, whether you are moving or not. Since efficiency quickly drops after 60 mph, you can improve your gas mileage 10-15% by driving at 55mph rather than 65mph.
2. Coast to a Brake
Whenever you brake, you are wasting fuel that your car already burned. Burned fuel is energy transmitted to your vehicle, which keeps it moving, even if you let go of the accelerator.
If you press on the brake, you do not get the value out of this burned fuel. If you are driving on an expressway, the recommendation is for you to keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you. Stop pressing the accelerator if you see a toll gate far ahead. Let the car coast and only brake if you are close enough. This way, the car’s movement is dependent on the fuel that your vehicle already burned.
3. Eliminate Drag and Resistance
Any experienced car accident attorney knows that a car is like a horse: it needs to be treated well in order to run well. Heavier loads drag the horse to a crawl. A healthy horse may run faster but gets tired easier, needs more break time, and needs more food.
A car, when loaded heavily with luggage, will not move as quickly as it would without the baggage. Heavy loads make the car’s engine exert more effort, burning more fuel in the process of movement. What this entails is that you have to pack lightly on long trips.
When driving on an expressway, keep the windows up. If you let the windows down, the air will come through the car, pushing it back. As the air pushes the car back, the car will react to the opposite direction, which is forward. Since the car is experiencing a backward force, the engine burns more fuel than what is necessary to push it forward at your desired speed.
4. Shut Off When Idle
A car on idle is a car that is not moving. And no movement means wasted energy because the engine is still burning fuel to keep on running. So essentially, you are burning fuel, but your mileage is zero. You are pretty much like a marathon champion running on a treadmill. Shut off your engine when refilling, or when somebody is on a bathroom break at a gasoline station. When picking someone up, keep the engine off until you’re ready to go.
5. Inflate Your Tire Appropriately
We know that a flat tire drags a car. You can rev up the engine with four flat tires, but you will never get the same speed as you would with properly inflated tires. Though you do not drive with flat tires, you are likely to drive with underinflated tires. Doing this increases the friction between the road and the tire.
And as science would have it, friction affects the motion of an object. If you roll a ball on a smooth surface against a rough one, the ball on the rough surface will stop first. In the case of tires, under-inflation gives leverage to gravity. It prevents the tires from pushing the mass of the car up, thus causing increased weight, or the downward force of the mass (the car).
If this happens, you are increasing the friction between the car and the road. What causes friction are two things on opposing forces-your wheel and the road. If there is friction, there is resistance. As your car is trying to move forward, gravity and friction push it downward. The only way to counteract this, without using too much fuel, is to keep your tires inflated at an optimum level, a level which should be specified in your car’s manual.
If you are in need of an experienced car accident attorney after a bad crash, call Wilshire Law Firm today at 1-800-52-CRASH for high quality legal representation!
Last Updated: 03-24-2017
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