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Stop 'N' Go Traffic: Stay In Lower Gear

For normal driving, it's best to allow an automatic transmission to do its job and shift when it wants to, but for stop and go traffic I've had better luck staying in a lower gear. Driving at 15 MPH with the gear selector locked in 2nd shows higher mpg using a scangauge due to increased timing at higher RPM, lower load than if I let it shift into 3rd (lower RPM, higher load.) More fuel is saved while decelerating, since the injectors will shut off until less than 1000 RPM (YMMV.)

posted by gathermewool on January 4, 2010

this tip works for 29% of voting Fuelly members.

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