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How Can I Drive More Effeciently?

Western Transmission always welcomes the opportunity to share our automotive expertise with our customers when asked about the different ways they can drive around the Idaho Falls area more efficiently. Listed below are several tips for more efficient driving the technicians of Western Transmission hope are useful in saving gas.

Sensible Driving
Western Transmission tells all of our customers in Idaho Falls that driving aggressively around the streets and highways of the Idaho Falls area, to include speeding, braking, rapidly accelerating, etc.) waste gas! Gas mileage can be decreased by as much as 33 percent on the highway and about 5% when driving the streets of the Idaho Falls area. Driving sensibly is not only an overall safer practice for you, but for other residents in the Idaho Falls area as well, meaning more than gas money can be saved!

Observing Speed Limits
Western Transmission tells our customers that while every car and truck on the roads of greater Idaho Falls area will reach optimal fuel economy at varying speeds, when traveling above 50 mph. can rapidly decrease a vehicle's gas mileage. It can be assumed that for every 5 mph. above 50 mph., an additional .23 cents is paid for in gasoline. Additionally observing the speed limit in and around the Idaho Falls area is also much safer.

Removing Excessive Weight
Western Transmission is quick to tell all of our customers in the Idaho Falls that want to know how they can drive their vehicles more efficiently that they should avoid keeping heavy items in the vehicle. The MPG for a vehicle can be reduced by up to 2% for every extra 100 pounds. The reduced MPG is calculated on the percentage of extra weight in relation to the weight of the vehicle. Smaller vehicles are affected more than larger vehicles.

Minimize Excessive Idling
Western Transmission tells our customers that one of the best ways to drive the streets of the greater Idaho Falls area is to minimize excessive idling. Leaving a vehicle to idle can result in the usage of a quarter to a half gallon of gasoline per hour, dependent on the size of the engine and the air conditioner being in use or not. Western Transmission suggests our customers turn off their vehicles when parked as it only takes a few seconds worth of gasoline to restart an engine. It is worth mentioning though that turning a vehicle on and off excessively can however increase starter wear so it is advised to use best judgement when using this advice.

Cruise Control
Western Transmission suggests to all of our customers that when driving the highways and freeways around the Idaho Falls area it is best practice to use cruise control if a vehicle is equipped with this feature. Cruise control helps maintain a constant speed which in most situations results in better gas mileage.