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ECO-DRIVING TIPS

Helping drivers conserve fuel and protect the environment

1. Watch your speed – Aim for a constant speed. 4. Check your tires – Keeping tires properly inflated the engine. Using the A/C less when temperatures are
Pumping the accelerator sends more fuel into the can reduce the average amount of fuel use by 3 to 4 above 80 degrees can save 10 to 15 percent of fuel.
engine. Using cruise control whenever possible on percent. Under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance 8. Close windows at high speeds – Don’t drive with
the highway helps maintain speeds and conserve fuel. and reduce fuel economy. the windows open unless the vehicle is traveling under
2. Accelerate and brake smoothly – Accelerating 5. Be kind to your vehicle – Proper engine tuneups 50 mph. Driving with the windows open at highway
smoothly from a stop and braking softly conserves keep vehicles running efficiently and keep the wheels speeds increases aerodynamic drag on the vehicle
fuel. Maintain a safe distance between vehicles and aligned. Wheels that are fighting each other waste and lowers fuel economy.
anticipate traffic conditions to allow for more time to fuel. Replace air filters as recommended. 9. Choose the right oil – Use good quality oils with
brake and accelerate gradually. 6. Travel light – Avoid piling luggage on the roof rack. the viscosity grade recommended in the owner’s
3. No idling – Today’s engines don’t need a warm-up. The added frontal area reduces aerodynamics and guide. Ford recommends SAE 5W-20 oil for most cars
Start the car immediately and gently drive away. hurts fuel economy by up to 5 percent. Remove and trucks to provide the best fuel economy.
Don’t leave your car idling. Turn the engine off in excess weight from the vehicle. 10. Consolidate trips – Plan ahead to consolidate trips.
non-traffic situations, such as at a bank drive-up 7. Minimize use of climate controls – Use heating This helps drivers bypass congested routes and leads
window, when idling more than 30 seconds. and air conditioning selectively to reduce the load on to less idling.

EcoMode in the all-new Focus coaches consumers in


the art of eco-driving using real-time feedback, while
scoring and rewards are displayed on the instrument Ford is the first and only automaker to equip its
cluster using an easy-to-follow five-leaf icon system. entire full-size truck lineup with six-speed automatic Eco-drivers achieved 1,445 miles on a single tank
Testing has shown a 24 percent fuel economy transmissions as standard equipment. They improve of gas in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – averaging
increase on average. fuel efficiency by 4 to 6 percent. 81.5 mpg in Washington, D.C.

3/2011 for more information, go to media.ford.com