This article was published on January 29th, 2015
Not only is driving fuel efficiently good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet. Here are 8 things you can do to drive greener and help you save money on the road ahead.
- Lighten your load. Remove roof racks when not in use and dump the junk in your trunk. Your vehicle’s engine won’t have to work as hard and will use less fuel.
- Check your tire pressure. You can save 3-4% on fuel costs with properly inflated tires. Remember you cannot visibly see an under-inflated tire, check your tires at least monthly to ensure they are properly inflated. Look for the recommended inflation levels on the sidewall of your tire or your owner’s manual. If you drive a Ford, your local dealer will be happy to check your tires for you.
- Plan more efficient routes. You will use less fuel by steering clear of congested roads and construction routes that can cause excessive idling. If you have to re-route unexpectedly, technology like Ford’s Sync navigation systems gives you voice-activated access to your navigation system to keep you moving toward your destination.
- Keep your vehicle running smoothly. Regular maintenance, including oil changes and filter replacements, will help ensure your vehicle runs efficiently and uses less fuel. Keep a maintenance program that suits your schedule.
- Slow down. A heavy right foot will result in more frequent trips to the gas pumps. Keeping speed down, driving smoothly, and changing gears early will help to minimize fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.
- Maintain consistent speed. To reduce your carbon footprint, use cruise control when appropriate to maintain a steady speed and brake smoothly. Ford has a fun driving activity monitor called MyFord Touch™ EcoMode that rates your driving behavior, to help you become a more fuel-efficient driver.
- Plug-In. If you’re looking to purchase a new vehicle, consider a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid vehicle to reduce your CO2 emissions. The Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi are powered by a gasoline engine, electric motor and a high-voltage battery. Recharging the battery is simple – all you do is plug it in.
Hybrid vehicles use a regenerative braking system that can recapture up to 100 per cent of the braking energy that would otherwise be lost, and is able to use that power to help charge the battery to help reduce your trips to refuel at the gas pumps.
- Go gas-free. For a complete CO2-free driving experience, vehicles such as the 2015 Ford Focus Electric provide power by a rechargeable battery so you’ll never need a drop of gas or an oil change. Alternatively, reconsider if you actually need to drive, or if you could walk or bike to your destination instead.