Nissan Altima Owners Manual: Fuel efficient driving tips

Follow these easy-to-use Fuel Efficient Driving Tips to help you achieve the most fuel economy from your vehicle.

1. Use Smooth Accelerator and Brake Pedal Application

● Avoid rapid starts and stops ● Use smooth, gentle accelerator and brake application whenever possible ● Maintain constant speed while commuting and coast whenever possible

2. Maintain Constant Speed

● Look ahead to try and anticipate and minimize stops
● Synchronizing your speed with traffic lights allows you to reduce your number of stops
● Maintaining a steady speed can minimize red light stops and improve fuel efficiency

3. Use Air Conditioning (A/C) at Higher Vehicle Speeds

● Below 40 MPH (64 km/h), it is more efficient to open windows to cool the vehicle due to reduced engine load ● Above 40 MPH (64 km/h), it is more efficient to use A/C to cool the vehicle due to increased aerodynamic drag ● Recirculating the cool air in the cabin when the A/C is on reduces cooling load

4. Drive at Economical Speeds and Distances

● Observing the speed limit and not exceeding 60 MPH (97 km/h) (where legally allowed) can improve fuel efficiency due to reduced aerodynamic drag ● Maintaining a safe following distance behind other vehicles reduces unnecessary braking
● Safely monitoring traffic to anticipate changes in speed permits reduced braking and smooth acceleration changes ● Select a gear range suitable to road conditions

5. Use Cruise Control

● Using cruise control during highway driving helps maintain a steady speed ● Cruise control is particularly effective in providing fuel savings when driving on flat terrains

6. Plan for the Shortest Route

● Utilize a map or navigation system to determine the best route to save time

7. Avoid Idling

● Shutting off your engine when safe for stops exceeding 30–60 seconds saves fuel and reduces emissions

8. Buy an Automated Pass for Toll Roads

● Automated passes permit drivers to use special lanes to maintain cruising speed through the toll and avoid stopping and starting

9. Winter Warm Up

● Limit idling time to minimize impact to fuel economy
● Vehicles typically need no more than 30 seconds of idling at start-up to effectively circulate the engine oil before driving ● Your vehicle will reach its ideal operating temperature more quickly while driving versus idling

10. Keeping your Vehicle Cool

● Park your vehicle in a covered parking area or in the shade whenever possible ● When entering a hot vehicle, opening the windows will help to reduce the inside temperature faster, resulting in reduced demand on your A/C system

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