Drive slow, save gas, save $$

The gas price is reaching record high of $1.50 per liter this summer.  The government is making it even worse by introducing a 2 cents carbon tax on gas.  Every time I fill up my car, I feel like there is a vacuum cleaner sucking dry my wallet.  Taking the public transport is not an option, since my time cost is still much higher than the cost of gas needed to drive to work.  However there is a way to save at least 10% of fuel expensive.  It is changing your driving habit.

The idea is very simple.  Drive slow, save gas.  If you drive fast, you have to brake a lot for traffic lights, making turns or exiting the highway.  When you accelerate the car, you build up momentum.  When you slow down, the momentum decrease.  The gas spent on accelerating the car is wasted if the momentum is not used to move the car forward.  You don’t want to waste any gas on the brake.  I started practicing the new driving habit almost 2 weeks and it really works.  My gas mileage went up from 11.7L / 100km to 10.2 / 100km.  I can save at least $20 per month simply by driving slowly.  Although I say to drive slower, the time difference is insufficient.  The lost of average speed is not noticeable.  When you drive fast and brake fast, you just spend more time waiting in front of the traffic light.

4 thoughts on “Drive slow, save gas, save $$”

  1. Driving this way isn’t only saving gas, the ride is much smoother as well and good for your passengers. Driving on the highway, I can easily beat the manufacturer consumption spec.

  2. Many cars are most fuel efficient at about 45 mph (72kph), but it is hard to reduce that speed in freeway. If you drive often on the local street, stepping on the brake just made more worse on fuel efficent theory. For me, I am just working 4 days for 10 hour each day to reduce one day driving from work, that saves me $40 a month.

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