It is very important that everyone strives to save gas while using State Motor Pool cars. Below are some useful tips to help reduce gasoline consumption and maximize miles per gallon (MPG).
- Drive smoothly and avoid heavy acceleration or braking. Speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking can reduce MPG by 5% (for lower speeds spent driving around town) and as much as 33% (at higher speeds) on the highway.
- Make sure tires are neither over-inflated nor under-inflated. Maintaining proper tire pressure can improve MPG by around 3%.
- Remove excess weight.
- Use cruise control on major roads and in free-flowing traffic. Maintaining steady speeds improves MPG.
- Avoid idling. When vehicles idle they generate zero miles per gallon, thus reducing overall MPG.
- Avoid high speeds. Gasoline MPG decreases when driving at high speeds.
- Plan outings in advance to prevent unnecessary (e.g., separate or multiple) trips.
- Use the proper grade (regular, unleaded, or ethanol) of gasoline. Avoid using mid-grade or high-grade gas.