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Eco-Driving: Ten Easy Tips for Saving Fuel by Ford

As fuel costs rise and concerns about the environment increase, many vehicle owners are wondering what they can do to conserve fuel. To help vehicle owners address these concerns, Ford Motor Company has assembled a list of the Top 10 Eco-Driving Tips. Ford calls it Eco-Driving because these habits have both ECOnomical and ECOlogical benefits.

Eco-Driving Tips

Follow these tips to develop Eco-Driving habits:

  1. Drive at posted speed limits. This is a tip that may save a life as well as fuel. EPA estimates a 10 to 15 percent improvement in fuel economy by driving 55 instead of 65 mph. On the highway, use cruise control whenever possible.

  2. Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually. Jackrabbit starts waste fuel.

  3. Don’t be an aggressive driver. Time studies show that fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic and accelerating to and from a stop sign or traffic light don’t save much time but do waste fuel and wear out car components such as brakes and tires faster.

  4. Check your tires. Under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance and reduce fuel economy. They also wear more rapidly. Check the vehicle door-post sticker for minimum cold tire inflation pressure. Keep tires properly inflated to the recommended pressure – this alone can reduce the average amount of fuel use by 3 to 4 percent.

  5. Don’t idle for more than 30 seconds. Today’s engines don’t need to be warmed up. Prolonged idling creates excess emissions and wastes fuel. Start the car and immediately drive away.

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