Driving tips to help you save money on gasoline

Driving habits

Discover how driving habits impact fuel economy.
From accelerating more smoothly to closing your windows on the highway, here are a few simple things you can do.
  • Slow down, aggressive driving often wastes gasoline

    Slow down

    Aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking often wastes gasoline. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.

  • Reduce idling to save fuel and money

    Reduce idling

    Turn off your car when it’s safe. When your AC is on, you are paying 2¢–4¢/min. With the AC off, you pay 1¢–3¢/min.

  • Use cruise control to save on gas

    Use cruise control

    Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, saves gasoline.

  • Close your windows to improve gas mileage

    Close your windows

    If driving at 60 miles per hour or more, keep the windows closed. Open windows create a lot of aerodynamic drag, which can lower your fuel efficiency when driving at high speeds. Also, remove the roof rack if you’re not using it, for up to 10% savings on fuel.

  • Lose some weight to increase fuel efficiency by 2%

    Lose some weight

    Removing 100 pounds of stuff from your trunk could increase fuel efficiency by 2%.

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†The data has been sourced from the U.S. Department of Energy