Driving Habits That Improve Your Fuel Economy

If you're like most drivers, then fuel economy is important to you. The better gas mileage your vehicle gets, the more money you'll save over time. We've discussed in the past how certain driving habits can reduce your fuel economy-- now it's time to review which driving habits can actually improve your fuel economy!


The staff at AutoCenters Nissan in Wood River wants you to be the most efficient driver you can be. If you put some of these tips into practice, you should see a noticeable difference in your vehicle's gas mileage.


  • Driving sensibly and smoothly. When you are a cautious and careful driver, you'll reap many benefits-- you'll be safer, less likely to get into an accident, and you'll also see your fuel economy improve. Aggressive driving is bad for your fuel efficiency, so it should go without saying that driving smoothly will help improve it.

  • Removing excessive weight from your vehicle. The heavier your vehicle is, the more fuel it will require to get you where you're trying to go. If you can reduce the weight of your vehicle by removing any excess cargo, you can improve your MPG.

  • Avoid using your roof rack. While sometimes you'll have to use your roof rack to haul cargo, it can reduce your fuel economy by adding excess weight and increasing aerodynamic drag. Try to avoid using your roof cargo rack whenever you can.

  • Employ cruise control. When you're driving on the highway, cruise control can help you to keep a constant speed. It can prevent you from going over the speed limit, which will in turn help your gas mileage stay steady and strong.

  • Avoid idling. Nobody likes to idle in stopped traffic, and it's no fun to idle in a parking lot while sitting in your car. But did you know that idling is also terrible for your fuel economy? When you can avoid idling, you'll increase your efficiency.


Think those are some things you can do to improve your fuel economy? You'll be thankful in the long run when you're saving fuel and money.


For more tips on saving fuel, driving safely, taking proper care of your vehicle, or anything else automotive, please visit AutoCenters Nissan. You'll find a terrific staff, great ideas, incredible prices, and everything else you've come to expect from your favorite St. Louis area Nissan dealer!