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How To Be Fuel-Efficient When Driving

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Are you wondering ‘how can you save fuel while driving on hills’? If you’re like other Minneapolis drivers, you’re looking for new ways to learn how to be fuel-efficient while commuting to Maple Grove or running errands. Many vehicles are equipped with fuel-efficient engines as well as manual transmissions, which are the most fuel-efficient. Purchasing a used car over a new vehicle is another way to be environmentally friendly. Read this guide from Cornerstone Plymouth on developing fuel-efficient driving habits, and be sure to check out our certified used vehicles!


5 Tips for Creating Fuel-Efficient Driving Habits

Whether you’re embarking on a long trip or just going to work in Minnetonka, you can implement fuel-efficient driving habits wherever you go. Read below to have ‘how can you save fuel driving on hills’ answered and learn other fuel-efficient driving habits:

  • Accelerate Softly: The harder you press the accelerator, the more fuel you use. Accelerate smoothly and take at least five seconds to bring your vehicle up to 10 mph from a standstill.
  • Plan Ahead for Traffic: Sitting and stop-and-go traffic is not only a waste of fuel, but it also strains your car’s drivetrain. Leave at least 15 minutes early to avoid rush hour, and try to find shortcuts to your destinations
  • Avoid High Speeds: Cars use more fuel when traveling at higher speeds. To achieve the best possible fuel economy on the highways, keep your speed between 55 and 65 mph (just make sure you’re following the speed limit).
  • Coast to a Stop: Rather than applying your brakes constantly, look at the road ahead. If there’s no one ahead of you and you need to come to a stop, take your foot off the gas pedal and let your car coast to a stop. And how can you save fuel while driving on hills? Coasting! Reduce your speed as you venture uphill, and coast downhill.
  • Use Air Conditioning Sparingly: Air conditioning can increase your car’s fuel usage by up to 20%. When you turn the air conditioning on, use the recirculate function instead of leaving it on full-blast.

Explore our Fuel-Efficient Vehicles at Cornerstone Plymouth

Now that you’ve learned how to be fuel-efficient, contact us at Cornerstone Plymouth and explore our extensive inventory! Our finance team can help you apply for financing and provides in-house used car financing. Let us help you improve your credit score and find you your next used vehicle!

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