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Clean Driving on the freeway

Drive with your windows shut

Drive with your windows shut on the freeway because by opening them, you reduce the aerodynamic performance of your car and restrict its capability while increasing its fuel consumption. If you need to ventilate your car, open the windows when driving at 110 km/h rather than at 130. However, in summer, it is always better to drive with the windows open than put on the air conditioning at full blast, especially in city areas, because air conditioning can result in an overconsumption of fuel of up to 25%, which is much more than leaving the windows open.

Anticipate trucks that pull out

Anticipate the behavior of truck drivers so that you won't find yourself stuck behind a truck while cars stream away in the left lane, which is both a waste of time and money since you will have to accelerate hard when the opportunity to overtake the truck finally comes.

Anticipate when trucks will overtake so as not to be taken by surprise and either accelerate slightly to avoid being stuck behind the truck or lift your foot off the accelerator to stay behind it. Remember: Braking is an admission of failure in smooth driving - lack of anticipation, nervous driving, etc. - in addition to being a danger to yourself and others on the freeway.

Drive in a consistent manner on the freeway: don't step any harder on the accelerator when going uphill and don't brake unless it is absolutely VITAL - or necessary, at the very least. Be smooth in your driving, just as you would be when you cycle: remember how you used to gather speed going downhill before going back uphill, and climbed hills more slowly when you were little? Do the same with your car: gather speed before an ascent and when going uphill, don't step on the accelerator any more than you would on level ground, even if it means losing some speed.

NB: In any case, don't go under 80-90 km/h (50-55 mph) on the freeway, even in the event of a really steep and long ascent, so as not to be a danger to yourself and others.

Thus, when I drive at an average of 120km/h (75 mph) on the freeway, I can get up to 130 km/h (81 mph) in the descents, and slow down to 90-100km/h towards the top of a hill (55-62 mph), not for the purpose of varying my speed but in order to avoid consuming too much in the ascents and to optimize the descents.


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