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How to Be Fuel-Efficient When Driving

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Driving efficiently will not only help you to save money, but it is also better for the environment. While the cars, trucks, and SUVs in the new Honda lineup have been engineered to provide impressive fuel economy with innovative features such as the Eco Assist™ System, Idle-Stop, and available hybrid powertrains, there are several ways that you can help boost your mpg on Branford-area roads. Learn how to put fuel-efficient driving habits into practice in this guide from Westbrook Honda.

Tips for Being a Fuel-Conscious Driver 

Whether you’re cruising around town in Middletown or heading out on the highways, the following tips will show you how to be fuel-efficient wherever you drive.

  1. Accelerate Softly: Applying gentle pressure to the gas pedal will help you save gas. Ideally, it should take five seconds to bring your vehicle up to 10 mph from a standstill. 
  2. Plan Ahead for Traffic: Driving in stop-and-go traffic not only wastes fuel, but it also puts more stress on your car’s drivetrain. Plan your trip to avoid rush hour, and try to find shortcuts on streets that are less congested.
  3. Avoid High Speeds: The faster you drive, the more fuel your car uses. When driving on the highway stay within the posted speed limit, usually between 55 and 65 mph. 
  4. Coast to a Stop: If there’s no one ahead of you and you need to come to a stop, take your foot off the gas pedal and let your car coast to a stop. How can you save fuel while driving on hills? Reduce your speed as you climb uphill, and use your car’s forward momentum to coast downhill. 
  5. Use Air Conditioning Sparingly: The air conditioning system in your vehicle can increase fuel usage by up to 20%. Using the recirculate function instead of leaving it on full-blast will help to conserve fuel.

Find a Fuel-Efficient Honda for Sale in Westbrook! 

Developing fuel-efficient driving habits can help you get the most out of your Honda mpg. Ready to upgrade to a new vehicle that can provide powerful yet fuel-efficient performance? Contact us to schedule a test drive near New London. Our friendly sales staff will be happy to introduce you to fuel-efficient models like the Accord and Civic and help you find the Honda that will best suit your lifestyle and your budget. If you’d like more advice on taking care of your car, refer to our handy service tips hub

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