With gas prices soaring this year, everyone and their mom came up with a strategy or trick to save fuel and save money.
Buy a new car, drive less, get a Costco membership and fill up up there; the list is endless.
If gas is averaging $4.24 a gallon on March 25th, every guess is worth it, but the advice is backed by science.
Jason Fenske, a mechanical engineer and owner of the Engineering Explained YouTube channel, posted a video detailing simple ways to save fuel.
Unlike many fuel-saving solutions, Jason’s advice can be difficult to implement on your own, but very easy to accomplish.
1. Drive in red
Jason’s first tip is to pull into red lights instead of maintaining speed and stopping suddenly.
To illustrate this, he shows two cars approaching a red light at 45 miles per hour.
A car stays at 45 until the last moment, slams on the brakes and comes to a stop in front of the traffic light – that wastes energy.
The second car decelerates to 25 mph and maintains that speed to the light and can coast through the light when it turns green without having to stop and start completely.
This, explains Jason, saves a significant amount of energy compared to a vehicle waiting at a traffic light before accelerating from a standstill.
2. Drive slowly if you must walk
Jason reintroduces a seemingly contradictory idea that he fully supports with his technical expertise.
If you travel long distances without stopping, such as B. On a freeway, Jason recommends lowering the maximum speed to save fuel.
That doesn’t mean you should plod along a freeway at 20 mph and double the travel time, but rather slow down your cruising speed slightly on open roads.
Simply put, your car has to exponentially expend more power to keep going as the speed increases.
As a result, even a five mph difference over distance can produce wildly different fuel efficiency results.
If you’re still in doubt, Jason explains the math in detail in his video.
3. Use the engine brake
In most cars, if you take your foot off the gas pedal, your engine will not use any fuel.
Jason illustrates this with another traffic light example: one driver holds the accelerator pedal down and maintains his top speed before stopping at the light, the other accelerates immediately.
The second driver slowly loses speed when approaching the traffic light, while not consuming any fuel.
By taking more time to get to the light, the second driver also wastes less fuel idling.
Jason also recommends engine braking on long descents, both for fuel efficiency reasons and for proper car maintenance.
4. Go up hills slowly and down them quickly
When faced with a small hill, the best strategy to save fuel is to use less throttle when going uphill and accelerate slightly when going down.
Maintaining speed over a hill requires a lot of energy from the accelerator on the way up and from the brakes on the way down.
Alternatively, you can either throttle slightly or stop the engine and let your momentum carry you to the top of the hill for almost no fuel costs.
You lose speed as you climb the hill, but gravity helps you pick up speed again with minimal fuel consumption as you go downhill.
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