With gas hovering around $1.35 a litre and sure to go up this summer, one of the questions we keep hearing these days is, “How can I increase my fuel economy?” It can be done and Ford has a few ways to try and achieve it.
Drive at a Moderate Speed: Did you know that driving at 90kph is the most efficient (on the highway only please). If you drive at 105 you can use up to 15% more fuel and driving at 120kph can consume 25% more fuel as you fight your way through the wind.
Drive Smoothly: Avoid hard acceleration and braking whenever possible. Frequent bursts of acceleration and braking can reduce efficiency by as much as 10%. Smooth acceleration will also extend the life of the engine, transmission, brakes and tires.
Reduce Unnecessary Drag: At highway speeds more than 50% of engine power goes to overcoming aerodynamic drag. Large car top carriers can lower fuel efficiency by as much as 15% at 100kph. Even empty roof racks can reduce your fuel economy.
Keep Tires Properly Inflated: Underinflated tires increase rolling resistance and that can mean up to 3% more fuel usage. More importantly, underinflated tires compromise handling and braking and they wear much faster. Becuase a low tire runs much hotter it can also lead to tire failure. Check pressures once a month when tires are cold.
Consolidate Trips: Engines are most efficient when they are warm so plan all your errands around one trip. Taking multiple little trips can reduce fuel economy by as much as 15% because the engine never has the opportunity to warm up.
Avoid Idling: Think of it this way, when you’re idling your car is getting 0 kilometres per litre! If you are going to be sitting for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine.
Don’t Use Premium Fuel: Your owners guide will tell you the recommended fuel. Most Ford’s are designed to run on REGULAR (87 octane). Running on premium will not improve performance, it will only help lighten your wallet.
If you would like to save more fuel take a look at Ford today. Ford’s Ecoboost engines offer top line performance but maximize fuel economy. Smaller displacement engines replacing larger ones, same power, better fuel economy.
See what Ford is up to today when it comes to technology and fuel savings. Follow this link: http://www.ford.ca/technology/
There is also the Hybrid option now you will find many more choices, lower prices and they are no longer limited to “quirky” looking vehicles. Ford offers the Fusion Hybrid, the C-Max Hybrid. We also offer the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. One step further is the Fusion Energi and the C-Max Energi which are plug in Hybrids and we also have the Focus Electric. They are the future and they are here now. We have them available for viewing and test drive.
The other way to save fuel is to take another look at what your driving and your current needs. Does the vehicle fit? It used to be that if you wanted “luxury” you had to go to a larger vehicle. These days though you can have all the luxury in a smaller package. The Fiesta, Focus, Escape all have as available options, leather, moonroof, navigation, park assist, rearview cameras.