How to Be Fuel-Efficient When Driving

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If you’re like many drivers in San Jose, saving fuel is likely a high priority. Saving fuel helps you drive better, save money at the gas pump, and reduce your emissions all in one. Many of the new vehicles we sell are on the cutting edge of fuel efficiency, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore fuel-efficient driving habits. You may be asking questions like, “how can you save fuel while driving on hills?” or “how can I be more environmentally friendly while driving?” Here at Del Grande Dealer Group, we’re here to offer answers! Read on with us below to learn more!

5 Fuel-Efficient Driving Habits

Whether you’re hitting the Oakland streets to run errands or you’re jumping on the highway for your daily commute, efficient habits can go a long way. Asking, “how can you save fuel while driving on hills?” or “how can I be more efficient on the expressway?” we’ve got you covered. Here are five tips to help you increase your driving efficiency:

  1. Accelerate Softly: Being a lead foot won’t get you anywhere when it comes to efficiency. Accelerate slowly and allow up to five seconds for your vehicle to reach 10 mph after sitting at a standstill.
  2. Plan Ahead for Traffic: Stop-and-go traffic is highly inefficient and puts undue stress on your drivetrain. Try leaving 15 minutes earlier than normal to avoid heavy traffic, and look for shortcuts along your route that can reduce your time crawling along through traffic.
  3. Avoid High Speeds: In order to achieve maximized efficiency on the highway, keep your speed between 55 and 65 mph. This is because cars use more fuel at higher speeds.
  4. Coast to a Stop: Rather than riding your brakes, allow yourself the space on the road to coast to a stop. You can save fuel when traveling across hills by reducing your speed as you go up and using your momentum to coast down!
  5. Use Air Conditioning Sparingly: Heavy AC use can increase your fuel consumption by up to 20%. When you do use the air conditioning, use the recirculate function rather than leaving it on full-blast.

Shop With Us to Find Your Efficient New Ride

Still asking, “how can you save fuel while driving on hills?” Don’t worry, you can visit any of our locations in the Fremont area for personalized guidance. Our team can help you explore our most efficient models, so you can take on your commute with confidence. Contact us today to learn more about fuel-efficient driving habits and explore our NO BRAINER DEALS for savings on your efficient upgrade! Looking for efficient auto options? Discover the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid today!

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