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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%.
- 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?