If you’re buying used, you might not be able to enjoy the ultra-high fuel economy that comes with some of the most recent models. But did you now that your car’s mileage is actually more dependent on the way you drive than on the model’s EPA estimate? That’s right. Even buying used, you can still save a lot of money at the pump. Here’s how:
- Take it slow. Your mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. Stick to the limit and you may save as much as 26 cents per gallon for every 5 mph you drive above 50!
- Drive smoothly. Even more importantly, keeping your revs low by accelerating and braking smoothly will help you save a significant amount of gas—as much as 33 percent! It also has the bonus side effect of extending the life of your tires and brakes.
- Only use A/C on the highway. Air conditioning works best at higher speeds. In fact, at lower speeds, you’re better off cooling your car by opening the window as long as it’s not overbearingly hot outside. Turning off the A/C at lower speeds can help you increase your fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent by reducing the load on the engine.
We hope these tips helped. Let us know how much fuel you saved at Mama’s Used Cars!