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Eco Minute: January 19, 2015

Jem Sullivan

In order to improve your mileage you need to keep the ride steady.  A car consumes the most gas as it accelerates - a moving car doesn't require much gasoline to keep moving.  When you’re in traffic, don’t just look at the car directly in front of you, but also the cars way down the road and keep a little distance between you.  That way you can anticipate delays and avoid panic braking.  Additionally eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop. Don't push pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel.  Aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking, wastes gas. In fact, it can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent around town.  Last, avoid "revving" the engine, especially just before you switch it off; this wastes fuel needlessly.