Ford Escape: Driving style вЂ” good driving and fuel economy habits
Give consideration to the lists that follow and you may be able to change a number of variables and improve your fuel economy.
вЂў Smooth, moderate operation can yield up to 10% savings in fuel.
вЂў Steady speeds without stopping will usually give the best fuel economy.
вЂў Idling for long periods of time (greater than one minute) may waste fuel.
вЂў Anticipate stopping; slowing down may eliminate the need to stop.
вЂў Sudden or hard accelerations may reduce fuel economy.
вЂў Slow down gradually.
вЂў Driving at reasonable speeds (traveling at 55 mph [88 km/h] uses 15% less fuel than traveling at 65 mph [105 km/h]).
вЂў Revving the engine before turning it off may reduce fuel economy.
вЂў Using the air conditioner or defroster may reduce fuel economy.
вЂў You may want to turn off the speed control in hilly terrain if unnecessary shifting between the top gears occurs. Unnecessary shifting of this type could result in reduced fuel economy.
вЂў Warming up a vehicle on cold mornings is not required and may reduce fuel economy.
вЂў Resting your foot on the brake pedal while driving may reduce fuel economy.
вЂў Combine errands and minimize stop-and-go driving.
вЂў Keep tires properly inflated and use only recommended size.
вЂў Operating a vehicle with the wheels out of alignment will reduce fuel economy.
вЂў Use recommended engine oil. Refer to Maintenance product specifications and capacities in this chapter.
вЂў Perform all regularly scheduled maintenance items. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule and owner maintenance checks found in scheduled maintenance information.
вЂў Heavily loading a vehicle or towing a trailer may reduce fuel economy
at any speed.
вЂў Carrying unnecessary weight may reduce fuel economy (approximately 1 mpg [0.4 km/L] is lost for every 400 lb [180 kg] of weight carried).
вЂў Adding certain accessories to your vehicle (for example bug deflectors, rollbars/light bars, running boards, ski racks) may reduce fuel economy.
вЂў Using fuel blended with alcohol may lower fuel economy.
вЂў Fuel economy may decrease with lower temperatures during the first 8вЂ“10 miles (12вЂ“16 km) of driving.
вЂў Driving on flat terrain offers improved fuel economy as compared to driving on hilly terrain.
вЂў Transmissions give their best fuel economy when operated in the top cruise gear and with steady pressure on the gas pedal.
вЂў Close windows for high speed driving.
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