(2) Plan and schedule trips that minimize the
distance traveled and avoid idling-in heavy traffic.
(3) Avoid prolonged engine warm up.
transmission to shift into high gear by easing off
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a c c e l e r a t o r as soon as possible.
transmission. shift into high gear as soon as possible
without lugging the engine. Avoid "jack rabbit" starts.
(5) Drive at a steady speed. Anticipate needs for a
slower or faster speed to avoid rapid acceleration and
braking-both waste energy. Braking dissipates energy
in the form of waste heat.
(6) Reduce top vehicle speed to that really
necessary. Normally, the best fuel economy is achieved
with the transmission in high gear at speeds between 30
and 40 miles per hour (mph). Wind resistance at speeds
in excess of 40 mph results in a significant increase in
(7) Eliminate engine idling while waiting. Idling
results in zero miles per gallon of fuel.
(8) Limit use of electrical accessories. Turn off
lights and heater blower when not needed.
(9) Limit use of air conditioner. This accessory
alone reduces the mileage (mpg) 10 percent below that
achievable without its use.