Ford’s Five Better Driving Tips To Slash Your Fuel Bill
Be a better driver, keep the environment green and enjoy your ride!
Every now and then car automotive professionals share their experiences with the common public letting them know how best they can achieve from their vehicles. Sometimes it’s more than information and it becomes knowledge. today, thanks to the digital technology car manufacturers rely heavily on software technology which enables them to learn more and beyond. Based on these heavily invested time and money data, we the common public can enhance our relations with our hard earned monies in our rides.
The first and the major encounter is the fuel economy. In fact a blow on our pockets. Here in the UAE, the fuel prices aren’t like the same back in 2000’s. I remember I used to fill my thirsty BMW 325i coupe almost twice a week, depending upon the milage that I used to pile up. A gallon of 95 octane used to cost me 3.25 ~ 3.50. Yes, you got the right, that was the price of a gallon! Gone are those times and my fuel drinking BMW as well. Now with the relative world market fuel prices, it starts to pinch and more with the addition of 5% VAT.
To combat the climbing or unpredictable fuel prices, cars have become smarter. There are hybrids vehicles and then the next on the next tier, there are electric cars. However, these applications make the vehicle quite pricey as well. Yet again thanks to new smart technologies common cars are now highly fuel efficient and if they happen to have the force induction like turbocharging or in Ford’s parlance EcoBoost added to the engines, vehicles become more desirable and fun-to-drive performance cars as well, which definitely includes BMW as well.
Ford has recently shared a very good piece of information on this very import concern. These are 5 tips, if you adopt these easy techniques it will definitely help you to be a greener, more fuel-efficient and relaxed, driver. Consider this as upgrading the software of your mobile for better enhance performance, however this time its just you, yourself.
Ford believes that award-winning EcoBoost (engine) range – is a great start, but how you drive it makes a big difference. Poor driving habits are just like pouring money down the drain. As consumers buy fuel-efficient vehicles in record numbers to save money and benefit the environment, few know that smart driving habits are really the best way to economize.
Read Test Drive Reviews on Ecoboost equipped Fords
- The All-New 2016 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5l-V6 EcoBoost 4wd
- The 2015 Ford Expedition EcoBoost – Fast, Efficient & Spacious
Ford studies have investigated the influence of driving style on fuel consumption and CO2 per kilometer driven and found that by adopting an eco-driving style, drivers can slash both their fuel bill and their emissions by as much as 25 percent compared with ‘normal-average’ driving behavior. Small changes to the way you drive can have a big impact on fuel economy and improve road safety at the same time.
“People go to extraordinary lengths to save money but then they jump in their cars and waste fuel,” said Andy Taylor, director, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Middle East and Africa. “Eco-driving not only saves you fuel and money, it also benefits the environment, reduces driving stress and can make our roads safer for everyone.”
1 – Drive smoothly
Look far ahead and anticipate road situations to smoothly adjust your speed, accelerating and braking. Aggressive driving such as rapid acceleration, speeding, and braking can lower your fuel mileage significantly. So keep a constant speed, accelerate smoothly, brake softer and earlier, and stay in one lane while it’s safe to do so. Not only do these anticipatory driving techniques save fuel, they enable more relaxed and safer driving and can prolong the life of your brakes and tires.
2 – Use cruise control
Using cruise control on long stretches of highway helps maintain speed and conserve fuel. Activating your cruise control keeps you from unthinkingly driving faster and with lower fuel efficiency, maintains a constant speed, and avoids using additional fuel while accelerating. Try to set your cruise control at your vehicle’s most fuel-efficient speed, as long as it’s at or below the legal limit and safe to do so.
3 – Lighten the load
Reducing the amount of cargo you keep in your boot or back seat can improve your fuel efficiency as less energy is needed for acceleration. Try to travel as light as possible, keep only the most important items (like an emergency kit, jumper cables, a small toolset, and a small jack) in the vehicle.
4 – Slow down
Speeding wastes lots of fuel. By driving 90km/h instead of 100km/h you can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 10-15 percent. Also, aim for a constant speed. Pumping the accelerator sends more fuel into the engine, emptying the tank faster.
5 – Reduce aerodynamic drag
Your vehicle is designed for good aerodynamics – but attaching a carrier or bike to the roof adds more wind resistance. If you spend lots of time on the highway or are planning a long trip, try to transport extra items inside the vehicle or attached to the rear. Keeping your windows and sunroof closed can lower wind resistance too. You will have less drag and better fuel economy.