Improving Fuel Economy

Vehicle Maintenance

A properly maintained vehicle maximizes fuel economy. Poor maintenance can significantly reduce fuel economy. Always maintain your vehicle according to the maintenance messages displayed on the multiinformation display.

For example:

Use the recommended viscosity motor oil, displaying the API Certification Seal.

Maintain proper tire inflation -

An underinflated tire increases ‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which reduces fuel economy.

Avoid carrying excess weight in your vehicle -

It puts a heavier load on the engine, increasing fuel consumption.

Keep your vehicle clean -

In particular, a build-up of snow or mud on your vehicle’s underside adds weight and rolling resistance.

Frequent cleaning helps your fuel economy.

Drive Efficiently

Drive moderately -

Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard braking increase fuel consumption.

Observe the speed limit -

Aerodynamic drag has a big effect on fuel economy at speeds above 45 mph (75 km/h). Reduce your speed and you reduce the drag.

Trailers, car top carriers, roof racks and bike racks are also big contributors to increased drag.

Avoid excessive idling -

Idling results in 0 miles per gallon (0 kms per liter).

Minimize the use of the air conditioning system -

The A/C puts an extra load on the engine which makes it use more fuel. Use the fresh-air ventilation when possible.

Plan and combine trips -

Combine several short trips into one. A warmed-up engine is more fuel efficient than a cold one.

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