Today's vehicles are more fuel efficient than ever. But no one likes to spend any more time or money at the pump than absolutely necessary. To keep some cash in your wallet and your vehicle running at peak efficiency try these simple tips to conserve resources – both natural and financial.
Before You Drive
Check your tire pressure: Tires that are under- or over-inflated force your vehicle to work harder. Tire pressure is best checked when tires are cool – at least one hour after driving or when you've driven less than 3 miles (or 5 kilometers).
Make sure your wheels are properly aligned: Look for evidence of uneven tread wear which indicates wheels out of alignment. (If your tires show uneven wear, have them aligned by a professional.)
Lighten your load: Take only what you need with you (i.e. emergency gear and trip essentials) in your vehicle. Remove unnecessary cargo and items. The lighter your vehicle is, the better mileage you'll get.
Keep your vehicle tuned up. Have an authorized Quality Care Auto Service technician check your spark plugs, fuel/air ratio and engine timing to keep your engine operating at maximum efficiency. (Note: Have your vehicle tuned up according to the timetables in your Owner's Guide. If you're not sure if your vehicle needs regular maintenance, check the Maintenance Schedules by clicking here.)
Replace filters and fluids as recommended to assure that they are clean and working efficiently.
Have a Ford Dealer technician fix any engine performance problems (i.e. sputtering, rough idling, stalling, sluggish accleration).
While You're Driving
Share the road: Car pool if possible with co-workers or neighbors.
Plan ahead: Combine more than one task or errand into a single trip. Multiple trips can sap your car's fuel economy and your time.
Avoid stop-and-go traffic by avoiding (as much as possible) heavy traffic times and routes.
If you're waiting in your vehicle, turn off your engine rather than idling (it takes less gas to restart your engine than it does to idle for more than a minute or two).
Drive the posted speed limit. Excessive speeds use excessive fuel.
Use cruise control when driving on the highway.
Accelerate and brake gently. Anticipating traffic movement and patterns helps keep your vehicle from wasting gas.
Limit your use of air conditioning. In stop-and-go traffic, A/C can lower mileage.
Close your windows on the highway. At highway speed, open windows can cause air drag, lowering your vehicles fuel efficiency.