Many families choose to take road trips over long weekends, and with Memorial Day being this weekend, more people than ever will take to the open road. This can be quite the scary notion for two distinct reasons. For starters, gasoline is spiking at $4.00 per gallon which makes travel expensive even just across town. The second reason is that more and more drivers on the road seem to be getting their drivers license without having taken the test. I drive roughly 20 minutes each way to and from work in Southern California and to be honest, I fear for my life nearly every time. Between cell phones, eating, passengers, and plenty of other distractions, it is a very dangerous world. Hopefully these tips can help keep you be safe and thrifty over the holiday weekend.

One way to temporarily increase fuel economy is by coasting to a stop. If you notice a light turn red in the distance - do not speed up just to stop short at the end. By letting the car coast as if it were in neutral you can boost gas mileage and save your brakes. The brakes on your car will ultimately bring you to a halt and keep your car from moving, but up until they are needed all they do is waste kinetic energy. Allowing your car to coast in stop and go traffic situations will allow the engine to work less, the brakes to work less, and will most likely cut down on those irritating false starts.

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When we are driving around town, we love to be the first person at a stop light. It gives that sense of being at a drag strip when the light turns green and you get to essentially race against the other drivers. It turns out that my tactic of getting up to speed quickly may be more practical than reckless after all. The faster your car is traveling, up to a point, than the less your engine has to work in order to keep it moving. That means that when you start off slowly from a stop, your engine is having to exert more force and use more gasoline to get up to higher speeds. By moving through this lower efficiency time frame faster, you can ultimately increase your mileage. Popular Mechanics was able to discover that taking 15 seconds to accelerate your vehicle to 50mph uses less fuel than using 30 seconds to reach an equal speed.

Car Infographics: Your driving style could be what's making you pay at the pump
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Possibly the most quirky idea for saving fuel this weekend is to only make right turns. This is essentially playing a game against the flow of traffic. We all know that it takes less time to turn right on most streets than to sit in the left lane and wait for traffic to pass or a green arrow to appear. If you are able to avoid traffic by turning right, even if the distance ends up being further, than you may be able to gain a few precious mpgs by not waiting around at a light.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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12 comments:

  (474) posted on 07.29.2011

It seems that the solution of saving gas is just the law of force and acceleration( the thing we learn during our grade school)hehe. It really helps a lot and I guess it’s a smart choice to use a smaller car or use public vehicle.

  (429) posted on 07.29.2011

The article is quite informative and the techniques here is very useful. I will add that the traffic also causes for fuel wastage. The engine is alive while the vehicle was stuck in one place waiting for the traffic to move.

  (530) posted on 06.22.2011

Actually, that whole thing really depends on the situation. There are instances where going at a higher speed would save up on more fuel, while there are also times where you might want to travel at a slower pace.

  (570) posted on 06.8.2011

Well, same here.. I didn’t know about that. This article is quite informative and interesting. I bet it would be practical to use this FYIsmiley

  (555) posted on 06.8.2011

Wow! I didn’t know that its advisable to run faster than moving slowly to help help save gas and to the engine as well!

  (531) posted on 06.3.2011

Yeah, that one would definitely be a good suggestion. However, let’s face it, it really isn’t all that easy to convince folks to join us. Maybe if they would see the good that would come out of it.

  (683) posted on 06.1.2011

I agree with this. We save Gas and Save some Carbon Emissions. I think its better if people around the globe will participate with this kind of project.

  (677) posted on 05.30.2011

Well, you will all be surprised by the fact that all these tips don’t just work during the weekends. In fact, if you get used to these, you will actually save a lot even during heavy traffic.

  (302) posted on 05.30.2011

Hey, these are definitely some set of great tips. My family and I usually take such trips during Memorial Day (or any long weekend for that matter), so these would certainly be a lot useful.

  (762) posted on 05.30.2011

Its a bit odd but I think what have been said in the news is true that accelerating slightly would yield into a better fuel economy.

  (600) posted on 05.30.2011

Well, I think this news should be fall also in the car inforgraphics category.
BTW, I didn’t know that boosting the speed of the car then a sudden brake makes it the
engine less powerful.

  (50) posted on 05.28.2011

I’ve been hoping other people would finally discover this so they would stop oozing up to cruising speed.

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