The way of the automotive future is all about fuel efficiency, and with Ford’s latest lineup of incredible cars, trucks, and SUVs, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands when it comes to saving money on gas.

 

But what if we told you that you can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by following these five simple tips? Check them out right here courtesy of Haldeman Ford Hamilton!

Monitor Tire Pressure

Did you know that underinflated tires can result in the engine using more fuel? It’s true!

 

If your car’s tires are filled to the proper air pressure, your engine may be working overtime to keep your vehicle in motion. As a result, it may be guzzling more fuel to keep up regular speeds.

 

Ensure that your car’s tires are inflated to the proper pressure by consulting the owner’s manual. Doing so will translate to significant savings in the long run.

Check and Replace Air Filters and Spark Plugs 

It’s easy to overlook vehicle components such as air filters and spark plugs since they usually don’t make too much of a fuss. Even so, proper maintenance and replacement of these parts is critical to helping your vehicle last longer.

 

Keeping your air filter clean and free of debris can go a long way in reducing the amount of fuel you need to start your vehicle. The same is true for spark plugs.

 

Properly functioning spark plugs can reduce the amount of fuel your engine needs to start smoothly. For most modern vehicles, these parts can be replaced for less than $100. 

Avoid Idling 

Prolonged idling isn’t just a waste of fuel, it’s also bad for the environment. Just ask the several U.S. states that have recently put a limit on the amount of time it is acceptable to let your car idle.

 

When it comes to fuel use, the general rule of thumb is never to exceed three minutes of idling time. If you expect your business to take longer than that, it’s better to just turn off your engine.

 

Most modern vehicles no longer require “warming up” in cold temperatures as well, so don’t worry about this when then winter comes!

Use the Right Motor Oil 

Using the specific motor oil that is recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer has many benefits, and one of them is proper fuel efficiency.

 

Never assume that your vehicle will run well on just any motor oil. Every engine is unique, and each one should be given the material it needs to succeed. Using a heavier oil than needed can create too much friction, resulting in the engine having to work overtime, and thus burn more fuel.

 

To make sure you are using the proper oil for your ride, consult your owner’s manual or a factory-certified expert such as those employed at Haldeman Ford Hamilton.

Take it Easy on the Gas Pedal

This may seem self-explanatory, but the most common reason for a reduction in fuel efficiency is the infamous lead foot.

 

Simply put, high RPMs = low fuel efficiency. That means driving your average Ford like it’s the Daytona 500 isn’t going to do you any favors in the money-saving department. Not to mention, aggressive driving is unsafe.

 

Always be sure to accelerate slowly and gradually until you’re up to speed. When driving on non-interstate roads, you should never exceed 55 mph, since doing so results in an increase in wind resistance, which burns even more fuel.

 

For more great tips on keeping your car functioning at peak performance, don’t hesitate to contact Haldeman Ford Hamilton today!


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