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Drive Fast and Save on Gas

June 15, 2007

Every time I go to find out how to get better gas mileage I keep getting the same old “granny” driving tips to improve the mpg.  Even the EPA let me down with their tips on how to get better fuel efficency.  Lets face it no one wants to drive the speed limit, change oil filters regularly, or any other of the crappy things most tips suggest you do. I found some advice on how to improve gas mileage for aggressive drivers through carfartz.com.

  • Put your car in Neutral any chance you have. Use gravity to help you go down hills. If you dissengage your gears your car will roll without any effort. This is especially helpful on highways.
  • Turn off your car any time your in idle. Some people may say its dangerous to turn off your car at lights or drive throughs, but with modern technology there is no reason not to. It is urban legend that it takes more fuel to start a car than let it sit idling. Check out the new Mini Coop that has that feature in their newest models where the car turns off automatically to save gas.
  • Follow trucks and take advantage of drafting a secret followed by racers for years is finally yours. A truck will break air resistance up to 95% depending on how closely you follow it. Try it you will be amazed but be carefull.

 Is there anything else im missing?

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3 comments

  1. I couldn’t agree more!

    The one gas saving tip listed above that could be upgraded a bit is the one about ‘turn off your car any time your in idle’. And the reason is that it depends on how long you’ll be ideling. If it’s only for seconds, then turning your vehicle off and on again will often waste gas since a) extra fuel is required to start a vehicle and b) many drivers step on the gas to start a vehicle… even fuel injected vehicles.

    But the rest is spot on and I’ve spent well over a decade mastering many aspects of driving and the last couple years mastering ‘saving gas’.

    You can check out all of my “247 Gas Saving Tips” at SaveGasNow.org. Affiliates earn 100% commissions… if you are interested! 🙂


  2. and just because a mini-coup has that feature, doesn’t mean that it’s an urban legend.


  3. Ok, I can understand why you don’t want to go slower, but it’s really effective and it typically only makes your commute a tiny bit longer. Use the calculator at http://www.mpgforspeed.com/ to find out your numbers.



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