Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

Tips to Improve Gas Mileage- Swerve Driving School

Part of owning and driving a car is paying for all the expenses that go along with it. There are some costs that have little variation, like a car payment or insurance. One of the most variable costs that a driver can control is the gas budget. Each vehicle has a specific gas mileage estimate that is given when it is manufactured that is influenced by other factors. If you are looking to improve the gas mileage in your car, consider making some of these changes.

  1. Accelerate Slowly. When the light turns green, are you the type of driver that slams on the gas? If yes, this will burn up a lot of gas over time. Instead, accelerate slowly to gradually use the gas and extend the life of the fuel in the car.
  2. Brake slowly. Pushing on the gas pedal and then needing to brake quickly burns up all the gas in the system without using it. Instead, do not push the gas pedal and let the vehicle slow down naturally as long as it is safe before braking.
  3. Keep tires properly inflated. Physics show that slack on the tire can slow the car down, giving it a bit of drag. When the tires are properly inflated, the surface area on the ground is optimal for driving and getting more roll. The amount of tread on the tire can also make a big difference since manufacturers try to give a good grip on the road while also allowing it to not slow down the vehicle.
  4. Use the right fuel. When manufacturers test drive vehicles and determine gas mileage, they use the most premium type of fuel for the car. If you still have the owner’s manual in the car, it should say what the recommended fuel type is for gas mileage and optimal performance.
  5. Avoid idling. One of the worst things for burning up gas is idling. Whether you are sitting in traffic not moving or just your driveway, try to limit the amount of time spent idling. This uses gas but does not contribute to miles driven, decreasing the amount of mileage you get from your tank of gas.
  6. Limit stopping and going. Choosing a route that has a lot of stop signs, intersections, tolls, or construction can mean you are stopping and starting a lot. This uses up more gas than if you were to find a route that allows you to keep driving once you are going, like a freeway. Use a little planning by looking ahead for the best routes or adjust the settings on your GPS unit.
  7. Use Cruise Control. Driving for long stretches of street can involve a lot of increasing and decreasing of speed. As mentioned before, the best way to increase mileage is to keep the car moving once it is rolling. Using the cruise control setting keeps the car moving at an optimum pace without the driver paying as much attention to speeding up and slowing down.

Being aware of small changes can help a driver pay more attention to their overall driving. Developing better driving habits helps improve driver safety and extend the life of the vehicle too. Using less gasoline is also great for the planet and the wallet. Getting better gas mileage might only save a few dollars at the pump, but over time, those savings add up to make a big difference. When a driver uses all these tips, they become a more responsible driver overall.

Using a Learner’s Permit to Prepare for Your Driver’s License

Learners Permit to Prepare for your Driver's License


Before you can get a driver’s license, new drivers are required to apply for and use a learner’s permit. This small piece of paper entitles a new driver to operate a vehicle with a licensed adult driver in the passenger seat. There are many advantages to this situation, but gaining experience is the most important. Using this time to prepare the best you can for a driver’s license is important.

Rules of a Learner’s Permit

New drivers must take a driver’s education course and pass a test on rules of the road. This will help prepare drivers before they ever get behind the wheel. This gives a great foundation, but the real learning takes place actually driving. Having supervised driving practice with a licensed adult helps to provide feedback and guidance in any given situation.

Most states require that a certain number of hours be driven during the daylight and nighttime hours. A record is kept and shown during the licensing process. This rule was made because it helps drivers get in a variety of experiences before they are driving alone.

Other rules that may apply to learning permits are the number of passengers in the car. Some also limit the number of peers in the car to help remove distractions and risk-taking behaviors. See your local laws for specific requirements on driving with a learner’s permit.

Practice, Practice, Practice

To help a driver feel confident, they need a lot of practice. While most new drivers prefer to stick to less busy roads and avoid heavy traffic, eventually they have to drive on the main roads. As a parent, guardian, or friend, it is important to help encourage the permit driver to learn to drive in heavy traffic. A great tactic is slowly increasing traffic levels for experience until driving on a freeway. Having a chance to learn these roads with an experienced driver is ideal for everyone on the road.

Even though most situations and laws are taught in a driver’s education classroom, they are not usually remembered until they are applied in real life. If you are the licensed driver in the car, be encouraging and remind about what should be done only when necessary. Making mistakes will happen, but this will help with the learning process. Your job is not only to teach, but also to build up their confidence.

Applying for a Driver’s License

Most states give ample amount of time to fulfill the required driving hours. Keep a record, if required, and bring it to get your license. Be sure to check the driver’s licensing division’s website for what paperwork is required. No one likes getting to their appointment and realizing they cannot get licensed because of forgetting something.

Once you have fulfilled all learning and testing requirements, enjoy getting a driver’s license. There are few things that provide as much freedom as driving. It is the threshold of adulthood and carries a lot of responsibility. With all the extra driving practice and new driver’s feeling experienced and confident, everyone is safer on the roads.