Experiments

Moods Can Affect Your Gas Mileage

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Exploding Steak."
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Finding: CONFIRMED

Explanation: Anyone who's jumped behind the wheel while late for work, fresh from an argument or just plain disgruntled, knows it's easy to funnel negative feelings straight down to the gas pedal. But driving like a bat out of hell can cost you. Emotionally tense drivers who tend to stop and start more abruptly burn more gas — and cash — than calm drivers who are traveling the same distance.

To spend less at the pump, take your driving cues from Grandma: The most fuel-efficient speeds are between 40 and 60 miles per hour. And the calmer you are when the key goes in the ignition, the greater the likelihood that you'll remain within those speeds. Taking steps like getting enough stress-relieving shuteye and trading in your death metal music mix for mellower tunes may help you keep cool.

But if you simply can't chill out, just think of all the cash you could save, and lighten that lead foot!

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