Does Driving Slower Save Money?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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There are a lot of ways that people try to save money in any little way possible. Coupons and savings clubs fill our wallets and purses with cents upon cents of savings. If we put all of our energy into saving, then those cents will eventually add up to dollars of savings.

Cars are the biggest drain on our wallets, so we try to find as many ways to save as we can while driving. There are a lot of tips and tricks out there about saving gas with smarter driving tips. One of the biggest things that affects your car’s fuel economy is the speed when you drive. Should you drive faster or slower to save money?

What Speed Saves the Most Fuel?

Some people might think that going faster will get you better savings. Driving faster will cut down on the travel time which should mean you use less fuel, right? Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. Faster speeds require more fuel to get up to that speed which doesn’t exactly save money. So, it would stand to reason that going slower is the more efficient choice.

Of course, it isn’t really that simple. Driving slower doesn’t save you that much money in the long run. Most cars are actually at their most efficient around 60 miles per hour. Cars are engineered to operate best around that speed, so going the speed limit is almost always the best option. Any slower or faster than that will cause your engine to work harder than it needs to.


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