Is That Your Car Going Ka-Ching?

Is your style of driving costing you?  Could be.  In fact, if this sounds like you — speed up, slam on the brakes, repeat – then you could be paying an extra dollar a gallon, every time you fill up.

That’s the word from researchers at the Department of Energy.

Now, even if we do it anyhow, most of us know that driving really fast and hitting the brakes, over and over and over again – is not great for gas mileage, or for our car either.

This new study tells us, we’re right about that.  And having to fill up more often, because our gas mileage is down, turns out to cost us the equivalent of spending anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar more, for every gallon of gas.  You can do the math for your car, but we’d say that’s an expensive (bad) habit.

If you’re a numbers person, here are the numbers on gas mileage:  in stop and go traffic, that speed up/slow down driving lowers gas mileage from 10 to 40 percent.  On the highway, you lose 15 to 30 percent.  And in your wallet, well, you know now what you lose.

And that’s – our driving tip for the week.

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