Dec 22 2015

Speeding Wastes Gas More than You Might Think

Published by at 2:18 pm under Driving Tips,Uncategorized

Speeding Wastes Gas

Speeding is more costly to your mpg than you might suspect.

One thing car shoppers are always looking for is good fuel economy. No matter which car you might like, if it gets terrible MPGs, you will almost definitely think twice about buying. Despite this, many drivers are unaware of how their driving habits might affect their fuel efficiency. Believe it or not, speeding wastes gas more than any other driving activity.

According to CNN, there are three main things you can do to up your fuel economy: 1) don’t carry extra weight in your car, 2) carpool when you can, and 3) don’t speed. While the first two might help save you some cash in the long run, speeding is the worst driving habit for crippling your gas mileage.

“With gas prices rising, gas-saving advice abounds: Drive more gently, don’t carry extra stuff in your trunk, combine your shopping trips,” says CNNMoney writer Peter Valdes-Dapena.

Friction is the one thing working against your car. The faster you move, the more friction there is. Up to 40% of your car’s energy is consumed by resistance to air flow when you’re travelling at highway speeds. After a certain point, every mph over the limit can seriously reduce your mpg.

What’s the best speed? It depends on your car; however, many cars are most efficient between 50 and 60 mph. In fact, the national speed limit, 55 mph, was established because it was the national average for peak fuel economy. If you really want to save some dough, slow down and don’t even think about speeding.

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