Want Better Gas Mileage? - pay attention to the road

Getting better gas mileage with the vehicle you have now is a good approach to frugal living. It eliminates the need to purchase another vehicle just to get better fuel economy. An easy way to improve your mileage is simply pay attention to the road.

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Get better gas mileage by simply paying attention to the road. Some people drive just ahead of their bumper, and this requires quick reaction to things they aren’t anticipating, but should be aware of. The quick reactions can be fuel wasters, as often unforeseen things will startle you and make you hit your brakes hard in hopes of avoiding what appears in the moment to be a dangerous situation.

For example: I was riding with a friend through a country setting. As usual, I look ahead as I drive or ride as a passenger. I spotted an animal in the ditch nearly a mile in the distance. I alerted the driver to the potential problem, but she hadn’t seen anything, so she just kept driving along as usual. It took us the better part of a minute to close in on the animal. I thought it might have been a dog on the loose, but it turned out to be a calf.

Now, it doesn’t matter how young a calf might be. If you hit it doing highway speeds, you are going to be in serious trouble. She knew that, and once she saw what the problem was, she immediately slowed the car down to allow for better reaction time.

To look up ahead means driving far ahead of your bumper so you're better prepared. Being prepared means you can let off of the gas and coast into the situation under more control and awareness, being ready to stop. There is no sense continuing to apply the gas to maintain speed when you can reduce speed way ahead of time, thus promoting safety and better gas mileage.

Things you need to see way ahead of time include:

  • Animals loose on the road
  • Accidents
  • Flooding
  • Debris in the road
  • Slowing traffic
  • Stopped or disabled vehicles
Once while driving into the Chicago area, I didn’t look up ahead far enough ahead to exit the highway before getting involved in a traffic jam. After I had passed my chance to exit safely, I recognized the traffic jam and had to crawl through 10 minutes of traffic before I made my way to a turn around and got back to the exit that I should have taken to avoid the mess.

Looking far out in front of your bumper can help you avoid trouble, take an alternate route, and otherwise maintain a good economical approach to driving. This is one of the top gasoline saving tips because it promotes better gas mileage and is a safer way to drive.

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