5 Easy Fuel Economy Driving Tips

With gas prices seemingly always on the rise, choosing a car that offers the best fuel economy is a smart way to save money at the pump. But aside from choosing a vehicle with a great EPA rating, there are a few easy fuel economy tips that can also help you get more bang for your buck:

Drive safely. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, aggressive tactics like speeding and stop-and-go driving waste gas and can actually lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and 5% around town. Driving sensibly not only improves fuel economy, it also keeps everyone safer on the road.

Maintain your vehicle. By following your vehicle's recommended maintenance and tune-up schedule, you’re helping to maximize efficiency. While many models vary, most major service intervals are every 12,000 miles for the first three years or 36,000 miles and at 25,000-mile intervals after that. Check your driver's manual to find yours.

Check your tires. Another easy way to improve your fuel economy is by keeping your tires properly inflated. Use a pressure gauge regularly to check all four of your tires. (Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure information is usually located on the driver's side door jamb or in the glove box. If you can’t find it there, check your owner's manual.) It’s best to keep pressure slightly lower in hot weather, and slightly higher in colder weather. Properly inflated tires also keep you safer on the road.

De-clutter. If you use your vehicle as a mobile storage unit, you may not be getting the best fuel economy. More weight requires more power and more gas, especially if you drive a smaller, lighter car.

Plan ahead. If your plan your day in advance, you can combine trips and errands for better gas mileage.

  1. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $810 for Cars, $860 for Small/Medium Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), and $995 for Large Trucks (Land Cruiser, Tundra and Sequoia). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.
  2. 2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
  3. EPA-estimated driving range 103 miles when vehicle is fully charged. Excludes driving conditions. Actual mileage will vary.
  4. 2014 EPA-estimated mpg equivalent. Actual mpge will vary based on driving habits, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature and road/traffic conditions. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on mpge and range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.
  5. 2014 EPA-estimated combined miles per gasoline gallon equivalent. Estimate includes consumption of electricity and gasoline energy during EV Mode operation. Actual results will vary for many reasons including driving conditions and how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
  6. 2014 EPA-estimated 51 city/49 highway/50 combined mpg estimates for Prius Plug-in. Actual mileage will vary