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Drive with anticipation

Looking just for the vehicle in front of you, is not enough. Driving with anticipation reduces the number of accelerations and brakings, improving your mileage and assuring a more comfortable trip. With this driving method you will have more time to react to traffic disturbances, leading to increased road safety.

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Whenever possible choose to drive at lower engine revs. To achieve this, manage the gearbox, preferring the higher gear relation possible.

Accelerate and Decelerate smoothly: Abrupt accelerations make you vehicle consume more fuel and increase exhaust emissions. Consequent accelerations and brakings also lead to a premature mechanical wear, making the trip uncomfortable.

Avoid long idle situations

A car uses about 1 liter of fuel per hour at idle. Whenever possible turn the car off. The extra energy consumption due to the start up of the engine is quickly compensated in a few seconds for the period the engine was stopped. A car at idle contributes to increased environmental pollution and noise.

When going downhill or braking, keep the car on gear

A modern car with electronic injection system cuts fuel delivery when you take the foot of the throttle and leave it in gear. This procedure allows the kinetic energy from the rolling vehicle to keep the engine running without any fuel. Whenever you take the foot off the throttle, keeping the car in gear, when going downhill or braking smoothly (i.e. braking for a toll stop) you can use the available energy more effectively.

Know how to check your mileage

It’s essential to understand how you spend your fuel, in order to get a better fuel performance. Become aware of your fuel economy and try to analyze your driving profile. Nowadays there are many onboard instruments (some of them are standard) that allow you to log your trips and get some parameters associated to your driving skills. Use them as often as possible.

You should also check your tire pressure regularly; use more efficient fuels, which help you to reduce fuel consumption, reduce your exhaust emissions and increase the engine’s performance; avoid unnecessary weight inside the car and over roof luggage, as they affect the car’s aerodynamics.

Be moderate while using air conditioning, because in the beginning of a trip, it could represent an increment of about 10% in fuel consumption.