Fuel Economy Tip – Stop Tapping the Brakes

Are you one of those drivers that makes everyone in the car nauseous with your constant brake tapping? Not only is this a great way to annoy everyone in the vehicle, but it also reduces your vehicle’s gas mileage by up to 2%.

Don’t constantly tap your brakes.

You may be asking, “what does braking have anything to do with my car’s gas mileage?”

It’s not necessarily the quick stops or speed reductions that hurt your vehicle’s fuel economy, but it’s the gas you have to use to get back up to and maintain speed that ultimately causes your car’s gas mileage to drop.

With the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded fuel up to $2.92, that 2% decrease in fuel economy amounts to nearly $.06 per gallon. Again, while that may not seem like much, but that could cost you $50 or more per year, and several hundred dollars over the life of your vehicle.

Add in the cost of having to replace your brakes more frequently and you could spend over a thousand dollars over the life of your car just because you tap the brakes too frequently!

Driving at a constant speed may be one of the most important and easiest ways to ensure you’re getting peak gas mileage from your car or truck.

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