VIDEO: How to Save on Fuel for Your Car

by Community Manager on ‎06-22-2015 11:44 AM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 04:11 PM by Lithium Technologies (3,535 Views)

Stop-start systems can save you money on fuel—for as little as $300. This video shows how.

 

If you want to save money on gas or reduce your carbon footprint—or both—consider a stop-start system when you’re looking for a new car. Stop-start is a technology that turns off the engine when the car stops for more than a few seconds, such as at traffic lights, then restarts it automatically as soon as the brake is released.

 

Due in part to government standards requiring better fuel economy, stop-start systems can be found on an ever-growing number of cars. Here’s what you need to know.

 

How Much You’ll Save

According to AAA, folks who have stop-start systems in their vehicles can save $122 per year on fuel, based on driving 15,000 miles a year in a car that gets 20 mpg with fuel prices at $2.50 per gallon.

 

History

In the U.S., stop-start systems had been available mostly on hybrid cars. Now, more non-hybrids are featuring the systems.

 

Cost

As an option on a new car, the system costs as little as $300, which typical drivers recoup in fuel savings within 3 years.

 

How It Feels

When the car stops and the system is activated, the driver may feel the sensation of a stalling engine, and the heat and air conditioning may diminish.

 

Battery

An absorbent glass mat battery powers the systems. More powerful than a traditional battery,
it’s also more expensive to replace.

 

Have a question about your car? Visit the On the Road forum.

 

A version of this story appears in the July/August 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.

 

Image credit/source: Getty Images

Comments
by triprock1941
on ‎07-11-2015 03:09 PM

Recently spent 12 days in Ireland driving a VW Golf equipped with the start/stop technology.

 

Can be frightening at times when you need to move quickly because of traffic and the engine is off and has a second or two delay starting. This happened several times.

 

I would never buy a vehicle with this technology. It might save you some gas, but cost you your life or limb.

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