How to Be Fuel Efficient When Driving

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How can you save fuel while driving on hills in New Lenox? How do you drive more efficiently on your highway commute in Chicago? Fuel efficient driving habits are easy to integrate into your driving routine, and you might just be surprised by how much you save at the fuel pump! Take a look at some of our top tips to boost your fuel economy, and visit us in Matteson for more service tips.



5 Fuel Efficient Driving Habits to Try

Learning how to be fuel efficient isn’t as hard as you might think, and most of these tips are small changes that can be easily incorporated into your daily driving routine. Try out a few of these fuel efficient driving habits on your next errand run in Hammond:

  1. Accelerate Softly: It takes a lot of fuel to accelerate and brake quickly, so drive gently for peak efficiency. It should take around five seconds to bring your vehicle up to 10 mph from a standstill.
  2. Plan Ahead for Traffic: Stop-and-go traffic is hard on your entire drivetrain, so if you want to avoid getting stuck in traffic, research your options. See if you can find a shortcut home from work or try to leave 15 minutes early if possible.
  3. Avoid High Speeds: Putting your car through its paces will burn up fuel fast, so avoid speeding. Keep your car between 55 and 65 mph on the highway, as long as the speed limits allow it.
  4. Coast to a Stop: How can you brake more efficiently? How can you save fuel while driving on hills? The answer to both is to use your momentum strategically. Try to coast to a stop if no one is around, and use your momentum to coast downhill on hilly terrain.
  5. Use AC at Highway Speeds: When driving around town, you should roll down your windows instead of using AC because it’s less taxing on your car. But when driving on the highway, it’s actually more efficient to use the AC. Why? Rolling down your windows creates extra drag, so your engine has to work harder. Therefore, it’s actually easier to just crank the AC instead.

Find Your Next Fuel-Efficient Ford in Matteson!

Whether it’s time for a tune-up or a new car, visit Sutton Ford in Matteson for all of your automotive needs. Feel free to contact us with your questions about how to be a fuel efficient driver. And if you’re ready to upgrade your vehicle, check out our selection of hybrids and EVs.


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