How To Save Money By Being A Better Driver

Obeying the rules of traffic actually have some surprising benefits when it comes to improving your fuel efficiency and saving you money. Aside from the speeding tickets and accidents you’ll avoid, kicking the habit of speeding and aggressive driving will also extend the life of your import car’s components and increase your gas mileage. Those are some pretty spectacular perks that require minimal effort from you, so why not give it a shot? That’s a whole lot of incentives for reconsidering your driving habits and becoming a safer and more considerate driver. We will admit we were guilty of some of the following mistakes, but we’ve changed our ways and so can you!

  1. Avoid slamming the brakes. Sometimes due to unexpected events or the carelessness of other drivers, slamming the brakes is unavoidable – it will inevitably happen at some point or another. However, don’t put yourself into situations where you will need to stop abruptly. That means not speeding on city roads where you may need to brake hard for a red light, pedestrians or cars exiting from driveways. It also means driving a safe distance behind other cars on the road to give yourself ample room to stop. Ideally you want to coast to decelerate your vehicle rather than relying solely on the brakes. By being more gentle on your brakes, not only are you using less fuel but you’re also reducing wear and tear on your brakes and tires, which will help you save additional money in repairs, maintenance, and replacement costs for your import car.
  2. Don’t floor it. The more rapidly you accelerate, the more fuel your car is consuming. Gently apply pressure to the gas pedal and accelerate steadily over time instead.
  3. Keep a steady speed. Your import car is most fuel efficient when it is cruising at a steady speed. When appropriate, use the cruise control feature of your import car to help ensure you maintain a consistent speed. Constant fluctuations can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 20%.
  4. Avoid speeding. The speed at which you achieve optimal fuel efficiency is between 45-55 mph. As your speed increases above that range, your fuel efficiency will start to decline. At 70 mph, it will have decreased by as much as 70%. Import cars were designed to operate most efficiently at the speed at which they were meant to be driven, so keep that in mind when you find yourself pushing the speed limit. Not only are you putting yourself at risk for a hefty speeding ticket or a dangerous accident, but you’re also reducing your gas mileage – and that’s the best case scenario.

Studies have shown that speeding and aggressive driving typically result in a barely noticeable 4% reduction in driving time. Think about that for a minute: on a 30-minute commute, all that risky driving will save you 1.2 minutes. We definitely don’t think that’s worth it, do you?

More Money Saving Tips For Import Car Owners

Unlike in video games, money is a lot harder to come by in real life. We understand most people work hard to earn a living and every dollar should be spent wisely. Yet there are many import car owners who make silly mistakes daily when driving – mistakes that reduce their gas mileage, not to mention puts their vehicle at risk for damage and, consequently, expensive repairs. Everyone likes to save a little bit of money, so we’re going to continue with the theme of our first post and provide you with a few more great tips for reducing the operational costs of owning an import car.

  1. Be smart with your fuel purchases.

We’ve already gone over purchasing the right grade of gasoline for your import car, but there are other ways to save money when it comes to filling the tank as well. One way is to avoid overfilling. Once the gas pump clicks, your tank is full. Trying to “top off” the tank is not only a waste of money, but also potentially harmful to you, the environment, and your vehicle. The extra gasoline may spill or remain in the gas pump hose, neither of which is useful to you.

Another way to save money when filling up is to look for the lowest price or wait until there is a dip in the price if possible. This isn’t to say that you should risk driving around on an empty tank, but when possible avoid filling during price peaks. There are a number of mobile apps that will inform you of gas prices in your vicinity. This will help let you know when and where to fill up for the best price.

  1. Be a better driver.

We all like to believe that we’re the best drivers on the road, but the truth is many of us have a few bad habits that are drastically reducing our gas mileage, putting us at risk for an accident or traffic ticket, and wearing away at our cars. None of the above can be considered a good thing when it comes to protecting your wallet from heavy hits. So let’s take a look at some ways we can be gentler on our import cars while improving fuel efficiency in the next post. Spoiler: the bad habits include speeding and aggressive driving.

  1. Avoid idling.

Idling gets you an astounding 0 miles per gallon, yet it is a habit that many people have not yet kicked. Whether you are waiting to pick someone up or are just pulling over to look for directions, it is better to shut your engine off if you plan to be stopped for more than a minute. It takes less fuel to restart your engine than it does to idle.

  1. Easy on the air conditioning.

Summer can get hot, we understand. After all, we are from Springdale, Arkansas. Still, that’s no excuse to abuse the A/C more than you absolutely have to if you want to save some money. Park in the shade when the option is available, and use the flow-through ventilation if it is cool enough outside.

Introduction

This blog was started by a couple of girls from Northwest Arkansas who love nothing more than freedom and video games. And the greatest source of our freedom in real life is the import cars we drive. We feel there are many people who would agree that being behind the wheel can feel like playing a game at times (although not a racing game – that would be dangerous).

I’m sure we can all agree the manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and fast reaction times you develop through playing video games can all help make you a safer and more competent driver. And that’s what we love about driving. It can take you on an adventure and requires a certain amount of skill to make it to your destination. Most of all, how smoothly your trip goes is directly a consequence of how well you have maintained your vehicle. You’re in complete control, and that’s what freedom is.

So we have gotten together to write this blog for other import car owners. Here, we will share a few “cheats” with you to help you get the most out of your vehicle, whether it’s an Asian economy car or a fine European sports car, we are going to provide you with a few tricks and tips to ensure top performance and fuel efficiency. We love our import cars and we know many of you do as well. A car isn’t exactly a cheap investment, but it’s one that’s well worth it for the ease and convenience of transportation, as well as just the simple pride of ownership. Keep your car in peak condition with proper care and maintenance to ensure that it lasts you for many, many years. Our advice will help you avoid costly mistakes and expensive repairs.

To coronate the launch of our blog, here is a money saving tip for import car owners:

  • Read the owner’s manual. There’s actually some pretty valuable information in there, including the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle. By spending a small amount on proper maintenance, you can avoid major issues and hefty repair bills down the line. Much of the maintenance can be done by import car owners themselves without any fancy tools or equipment. Things such as changing the oil or replacing the air filter do not take much time and are easy to learn how to do. In addition to keeping your car in tip-top shape, you can also avoid being ripped off by businesses that try to convince you to bring your car in for maintenance more than necessary. Proper maintenance is good, but extra maintenance won’t make your import car any better. Another key piece of information you will find in the owner’s manual is the recommended grade of gasoline for your car. Don’t pay extra for premium if you car doesn’t need it – you will receive absolutely no benefit of improved performance.