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Safe driving is smooth driving without rapid stops or starts. Smooth driving saves fuel and reduces pollution. To do this, keep to the speed limit, as the faster you go the more fuel you use.

Here are other ways to improve your driving:

  • Drive like there is an egg under the gas pedal by pressing evenly and gently on the accelerator.
  • Make sure tire pressure is at recommended levels.
  • Use cruise control when possible. [But not when driving in heavy traffic, where there’s cross-traffic, in rain or snow, or limited visibility.]*
  • Accelerate before you get to a hill not while driving up the hill.
  • Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal while driving as this causes the engine to work harder.
  • Take your foot off the gas before you arrive at a stop sign.
  • Don't carry unnecessary items as extra weight increases stopping distance and uses more fuel.
  • Driving with the windows closed reduces drag and saves fuel. [However in limited visibility - for instance while driving in heavy fog - roll your window down and listen for oncoming traffic before intersections or when turning.]*

This page is submitted by the Social Studies students of Suzanne Middle School, Walnut, California, 91789.

* [The bracketed information is provided by the California Highway Patrol.]

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