Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    10:13 PM

Message Forum - Read Message

Category: Fuel Economy > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: how do you get the best gas mileage Back to Topics
barricade64311

Rookie Author
Ohio

Posts:27
Points:5,990
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Aug 6, 2011 10:39:43 AM

i use to floor the pedal.. my girlfriendd said if you start out accelerating slowly i do that and my gas goes a long way, yes it takes time i don't care if someone behind me gets mad my impala is fuel injected
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
Profile Pic
Z51Corvette
Champion Author Austin

Posts:10,409
Points:2,129,660
Joined:Jan 2008
Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 1:00:24 AM

Conserve MOmentum! Accelerate slower and slow down more gradually. Look ahead to plan how you can be conservative.

Oh... get rid of the smog crap, after the car is 25 years old... saves weight... and improves engine efficiency!

High flow cats' , mufflers and improved exhaust system and air filter system, works every time!!!

[Edited by: Z51Corvette at 3/18/2013 1:01:39 AM EST]
Profile Pic
waynecz
Champion Author Mississippi

Posts:1,610
Points:681,570
Joined:Jul 2012
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 11:59:14 PM

accelerate slower, let off the gas way before red lights, and drift as much as possible
Profile Pic
Z12
Champion Author Toledo

Posts:3,755
Points:982,845
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 8:47:00 PM

Drive the speed limit
Profile Pic
jonjon57
Champion Author Raleigh

Posts:2,597
Points:727,515
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 6:52:16 PM

Slow down
Profile Pic
panj
Champion Author Pennsylvania

Posts:17,771
Points:1,616,325
Joined:Nov 2007
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 2:42:13 PM

training camp
Profile Pic
davisadm
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:2,828
Points:909,900
Joined:Dec 2011
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 1:49:30 PM

Walking instead of driving
Profile Pic
redx590
Sophomore Author New Jersey

Posts:122
Points:27,055
Joined:Mar 2013
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 12:53:47 PM

drive the speed limit, coast, not acceleration rapidly anticipating light to turn green from a distance before stopping, not idling,
Profile Pic
GrumpyCat
Champion Author Alabama

Posts:5,099
Points:1,191,245
Joined:Jun 2009
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 12:12:06 PM

Prius.
Profile Pic
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,371
Points:58,345
Joined:Aug 2009
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 10:37:11 AM

I often see many older vehicles being driven with the headlamps on for safety mainly on two way single lane routes during daylight hours.

Granted some form of lighting offers a margine of extra safety by doing so. But often I see the extra driving-lamps on also with the vehicle's headlamps,then fuel consumption goes up caused at the altenator being loaded heavier to sustain elec.. balance.

It's good to check each time one turns on any lighting for safety reasons,just check not to turn on the driving lamps for saving fuel.Newer models have running headlamps lite built in automaticly if the ign. is on,only at a lower amp draw to the altenator.

I think the rear top brake light should be also alluminated on dim mode with these as safety for the rear detection, plus leds for side markers if vehicle is in motion.

Headlamp glare during daylight hours causes sometimes other not so clean windshields at the same time to also hamper or cloud the vehicle driver's view with the mared windows,Lord knows we all have been guilty of having a dirty view at some time or other.

With the past snowy weather I realizwd how many vehicles were out in traffic with piles of snow still on those vehicles moving about in traffic early after daybreak! Risky!Very Risky! Why? Traction for stopping is POOR!

A handy good broom can save more than just fuel costs...BEFOREHAND! nicely!
Profile Pic
05FLHRI
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,954
Points:1,010,705
Joined:Nov 2011
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 9:02:45 AM

easy on the right side pedal
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 8:39:48 AM

Don't go over 100km/h
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 8:39:48 AM

Don't go over 100km/h
Profile Pic
metalhat73
Champion Author Wilmington

Posts:11,350
Points:494,005
Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 7:35:13 AM

Keep the revs below 2,000 and see massive mpg gains.
Profile Pic
London2
Rookie Author Los Angeles

Posts:1
Points:325
Joined:Mar 2013
Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 4:39:24 PM

Check your air filter, spark plugs , tire pressure and make sure not to put too much stuff in your trunk and drive the speed limit.
Profile Pic
Z12
Champion Author Toledo

Posts:3,755
Points:982,845
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 8:57:22 PM

Drive the speed limit
Profile Pic
the1roadhog
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:11,521
Points:2,545,405
Joined:Jun 2007
Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 8:04:22 AM

slow ride....
Profile Pic
skh150
Sophomore Author Denver

Posts:114
Points:339,005
Joined:Jan 2007
Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 5:18:06 PM

birey
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 8:50:39 AM

no a/c
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 8:50:19 AM

drive the speed limit
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 8:50:04 AM

Tire pressure
Profile Pic
KentuckyWildcat
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:9,332
Points:2,219,355
Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 7:11:10 AM

I leave it parked in the garage....it's amazing the gas mileage I get!
Profile Pic
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,371
Points:58,345
Joined:Aug 2009
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 2:13:36 PM

In my hayday ,holding the go pedel down after reaching a higher gear was called Winding the engine out,acually the throttle could be in any extended position even WOT, sucking extra fuel or 75% open etc. all sucking up extra fuel to accelerate in each gear range.

I simply use automatic 1 st. gear to briskly move from stopped position,bacause that gear is when the engine does so as far as torque/hp ability is then easy to do vs E..load balance of the higher gears. When Winding at any throttle opening takes longer intervals of extra fuel,because the taller gears eat up engine torque as E.. breathing ability fall short(peakes/drops off)

Gradual increases in the higher gear changes help me to save fuel(2nd,3rd, 4th. into o-drive.) Econos have a much lower geared 1st gear for snappy getaway with a smaller engine,also overall gearing is a lower ratio > 2500 @ 60 mph. vs 1200-1300rpm for larger V6 and V8s @ 60 mph, loaf along above idle till speeds of 80+ mph. just my intake..perception
Profile Pic
Jef4ers
Rookie Author Dayton

Posts:98
Points:2,300
Joined:Feb 2013
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 1:30:46 PM

Hey NOPNOPNSHT! Whats that mean?

Quote: if u accelerate slowly you will end up holding the gas pedal down longer(using more gas).

Exactly, the folks that have already tested this claim that you sould accelerate briskly, achieving your desired speed in about 20 seconds if your goal is 50 MPH. Of course if your goal is 20MPH.....please don't use all the 20 seconds up!
Profile Pic
Jef4ers
Rookie Author Dayton

Posts:98
Points:2,300
Joined:Feb 2013
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 1:26:23 PM

Yes, Dontuknow, more could be done regarding turns at high volume intersections. Have you seen the new type used at several locations such as Sawmill/270? They use opposing crossover lanes....really slick and moves fast. The roundabouts can keep traffic moving too!
Another thing that wastes alot of gas and contributes to air quality is drivethrus. People used to park and turn off the car.....now they just sit and sit and emit both pollution and money from their wallet.
Profile Pic
nopnopnsht
Rookie Author London

Posts:23
Points:4,160
Joined:Feb 2013
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 12:29:36 PM

you need to find out when the vehicle changes gears if you have an automatic vehicle..my car changes to fifth gear at 50 kms so im guessing thats the most fuel efficiant speed for my mazda 3 skyactive.. when it comes to accelerating sometimes its best to get your car up to (50kms example) quick but not pedal to the medal,, if u accelerate slowly you will end up holding the gas pedal down longer(using more gas).. its a fine line between it and the only way to know for sure is getting the L/100kms calculater thing in the vehicle.
Profile Pic
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,371
Points:58,345
Joined:Aug 2009
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 8:00:31 AM

Jef4ers; Locally we have several left turn arrow lights that allow only a 3 second interval or no go at all til the reg. green lights. At times the first vehicle in line to trip the 3 second arrow,driver is distracted,by various reasons and then not ready to meet the quick left go signal.

Often only 3 vehicles can then make the turn, sometimes 5 try to make it on a two sec. yellow. Often there are 3 more vehicles backed up to that lane waiting in the far left lane to get turned while idleing.

Those same lights always seem to have a max of three sec.on left arrow while as high as 7-8 vehicles want to go left on busy days.The light does go reg green and allowing other traffic to turn if possible.

My point is that 2 seconds more on the arrow left interval might help greatly clearing those backed up lefters,really the front car waiting has a lot to do with how bad the other traffic gets held up.Too many business entrances in that area doesn't help the length of the turn lanes.So much for human habits/3 sec. lights. Distractions cause fuel losses also......
I think an automatic car horn sounding device,such as a beep would creat the front motorist to "get er done". Hook the device to the light facing the left turners to do some alerting only on the 3 sec. interval! LOL !
Profile Pic
hyeglenn
Champion Author Fresno

Posts:3,221
Points:1,098,420
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 3:24:24 AM

Driving down hill in neutral.
Profile Pic
Jef4ers
Rookie Author Dayton

Posts:98
Points:2,300
Joined:Feb 2013
Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 3:09:26 PM

Dontuknow,
"Keep a good following distance,stay off the brakes,watch traffic far ahead,get off the pedel as soon as ahead traffic goes RED,limit the vehicles electrical drain except for safety. Keep less vehicle weight if possible,driving City zones and tire inflation correct or higher often. "

What you wrote is possible for anyone to do. Another is to gingerly get to speed quickly but not pushing the accelerator any farthur than necessary to achieve the desired speed quickly.

Pumping the accelerator or not holding it steady at speed really does NO good! Example: Two people driving 100 miles. A conscious operator drives to the destination on level interstate achieves considerably better economy usually 6-10 mpg better than one that constantly drifts and drafts and nascars on the return trip. One memorable trip of mine showed 3 gals. used to get there and 10 gals. used to get back. Forget NASCAR, follow golf.....smooth and its all in the technique.
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:21:42 PM

No
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:21:42 PM

No
Profile Pic
MostlyGassy
Veteran Author Chicago

Posts:295
Points:985,935
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:09:24 PM

Ahhh....you are the guy that made me sit through two red lights...Only six cars made it through because the first driver was going so slow....
Profile Pic
Mr1lung
Champion Author Phoenix

Posts:3,263
Points:662,895
Joined:Nov 2012
Message Posted: Feb 21, 2013 12:25:32 PM

do the limit
Profile Pic
GrumpyCat
Champion Author Alabama

Posts:5,099
Points:1,191,245
Joined:Jun 2009
Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:21:12 PM

For best MPG I only drive down hill.
Profile Pic
HotRod10
Champion Author Wyoming

Posts:3,470
Points:58,755
Joined:Oct 2006
Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 10:42:33 AM

"55mph driving on the freeway"

I value my time too much to do that on the rural interstates, and I value my life too much to do it when driving in 80mph traffic around Denver.
Profile Pic
DoctorOH
Champion Author Cleveland

Posts:7,180
Points:1,581,735
Joined:Mar 2010
Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 5:04:42 AM

55mph driving on the freeway
Profile Pic
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,371
Points:58,345
Joined:Aug 2009
Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:18:03 AM

Keep a good following distance,stay off the brakes,watch traffic far ahead,get off the pedel as soon as ahead traffic goes RED,limit the vehicles electrical drain except for safety. Keep less vehicle weight if possible,driving City zones and tire inflation correct or higher often.
Profile Pic
KD5GHJ
Sophomore Author Texas

Posts:130
Points:288,045
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:09:27 PM

gentle acceleration, drive speed limit and AVOID cruise control. if I lose a few MPH on uphills, its not a big deal..would rather have the MPGs.
Profile Pic
PhilnTX
All-Star Author Dallas

Posts:773
Points:824,155
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:15:45 PM

Buy gasoline without ethanol added. I get about 1-2 MPG better in all driving conditions.
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:56:27 AM

Coast
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:56:26 AM

Coast
Profile Pic
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,709
Points:1,624,600
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:56:25 AM

Coast
Profile Pic
the1roadhog
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:11,521
Points:2,545,405
Joined:Jun 2007
Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:34:14 AM

Keeping the tach under 2K
Profile Pic
kennyman
Champion Author Alberta

Posts:1,706
Points:336,210
Joined:Jun 2007
Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 10:44:15 PM

Gentle starts, go speed limits and use cruise control when ever possible
Profile Pic
Z12
Champion Author Toledo

Posts:3,755
Points:982,845
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 8:31:36 PM

Driving the speed limit
Profile Pic
linku2gasbuddy
Sophomore Author Dallas

Posts:147
Points:901,870
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 5:15:03 PM

Drive speed limit.
Profile Pic
waynecz
Champion Author Mississippi

Posts:1,610
Points:681,570
Joined:Jul 2012
Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 12:39:15 AM

let off the gas for red lights and other slow downs way ahead of time, consequently I use the breaks a lot less drifting a lot, with the Hybrid vehicle I see at times how far i can go in uncrowded areas just on the electric motor
Profile Pic
chipote
Champion Author Washington

Posts:1,279
Points:478,755
Joined:Nov 2010
Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:41:59 PM

Driving below the speed limit, adding 4 psi to the tires, using the brakes as little as possible.
Profile Pic
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,371
Points:58,345
Joined:Aug 2009
Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 1:21:04 PM

Just start paying attention to your dash mpg indicator analizing then your big right foot action,sorry heavy right foot duties as a driver in control.Don't think that the indicator read-out has taken over your commands,but rather to help you achieve a fuel savings.
Consider that a gadget to help on a 50/50% basis,your pocketbook $ + $ over time. Really!
Profile Pic
weddy11
Champion Author Phoenix

Posts:4,144
Points:940,800
Joined:Dec 2011
Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 8:47:24 AM

In the summer
Profile Pic
MaryBooth
Sophomore Author Buffalo

Posts:172
Points:131,900
Joined:Jan 2013
Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 2:20:17 PM

highway
Post a reply Back to Topics