How does Automatic improve my fuel efficiency and save me money?

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NOTE: This FAQ pertains to the 1st & 2nd generation Automatic adapters only.

There’s a lot of research that shows aggressive driving (highway speeding, rapid acceleration, hard braking) hurts fuel efficiency. 

Highway Speeding
: While every car has a different optimal speed for fuel efficiency, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly above 50 mph. For example, driving 75 mph vs. 65 mph decreases your fuel efficiency by up to 15%.

Rapid Acceleration: Pressing really hard on the gas pedal from a stop uses much more gas to reach the same speed than accelerating more slowly. On the highway, speeding up and slowing down frequently is less efficient than cruising at a steady speed.

Hard Braking: Though braking itself doesn’t waste gas, braking hard is usually a sign that you were driving faster than you needed to be prior to stopping (e.g., speeding up to a stop light and slamming on the brakes). Try taking your foot off the pedal as soon as you see the light turn red and coasting to a stop.

So how exactly does Automatic improve your driving? The Automatic adapter beeps to alert you to hard brakes, fast accelerations, and speeding. With this real-time feedback, we hope our users can make more informed decisions about their driving habits. Reducing these behaviors can have a real impact on how much you spend on gas, up to 33%! For a 20 gallon tank of gas that is a impact of $3.40 - $22.80 per tank.

Research has also shown that keeping your engine properly tuned can impact fuel efficiency. With the help of Automatic’s “check engine” light feature, the app can inform you of potential emissions-related problems with your vehicle before you visit your mechanic. For a 20 gallon tank of gas that is an impact of $2.80 - $27.60 per tank.
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