want to save gas? slow down!
I finally had to fill up for the first time since ramping up my drive for significantly-improved fuel consumption. When I reset my trip meter, it read 790km – the distance I got out of that tank of fuel. According to my fuel log book, this vehicle has never seen over 630km before. I’ve just managed to increase my fuel economy by more than 30%, and that includes a number of short in-town trips made by my wife who was just driving normally. I managed to go from a rough average of 8.3L/100km down to 6.5L/100km. Wow!
And as much as I like the numbers behind pulse-and-glide, that is not how I got such a drastic change. Yes, I tried it a bit, and I’ve been shifting a lot sooner than I normally would, and I maximize the amount of in-neutral coasting I do, but the builk of that difference simply comes from driving slower. Instead of driving at 100km/h (or even 110 in spots) along the country route I take, I’ve kept it to 95km/hr as a maximum, and typically aim for 90km/hr, allowing myself to go as low as 80 if I have no traffic behind me. I don’t feel that I’m getting to work any later, and I’m all pumped up about having instantly reduced my fuel consumption based purely on driving style.
So, if you want to save fuel – slow down! And if your vehicle doesn’t have a trip computer that tells you your average and/or instant fuel economy, you can always install one.