Save money on gas, and the environment

Eco-driving is a generally better way of driving on the road, especially when you have to deal with traffic or if you’re going on long drives all the time. Eco-driving simply means knowing the feel and capacity of your car, and developing simple driving habits that can maximize your fuel consumption and to avoid putting your car in too much strain or stress.

Since the goal of eco-driving is maximizing your fuel consumption so you can use your fuel for longer distances, saving of energy is highly recommended. Opt to open your windows (just a crack) if you think you can handle the temperature outside, so you can switch off your air conditioner. Don’t roll your windows all the way down, though, especially if you’re driving at high speeds—the wind from outside coming from the opposite direction your car is moving will inevitably make you go slower, therefore, requiring you to accelerate to keep up your pace.

Make sure that your trunk isn’t full of dead weight you don’t need. Since your car is heavy enough as it is, remove the things you think you won’t need so the dead weight won’t contribute to the weight of your car while you’re on the road.

Shift gears as soon as possible.

To avoid strain from your car engine, shift gears as soon as possible when you increase or decrease your speed. It is advisable to put your car in neutral while you are going down steep inclines, as the gravity will make you accelerate automatically without applying gas.

Always make it a point to have your tires checked every few weeks or so. On your next trip to the gasoline station, have your tire gauges checked and make sure that they are the same for all four wheels. The value of the tire gauges themselves really depend on the type of car you’re using, so ask around for help regarding this. If you have a flat tire, or if you think you are about to have one for running over broken glass or other objects on the road, change it immediately.