How to Get Better Gas Mileage



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How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Tallahassee, FL

Here atTallahassee Ford, we know that owning a Ford makes driving fun. To reduce your costs when getting gas, it’s important to know how to get the best fuel efficiency out of your vehicle so you can enjoy your ride without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to try out during your daily commute to get the most out of your Ford model’s gas mileage.

Schedule your travel time efficiently.

We can all agree: Traffic is no fun. But did you know that traffic isn’t just inconvenient, it can also hurt your vehicle’s fuel efficiency? That’s why it’s important to plan your travel time to avoid heavy congestion on the roads, if possible. While you may not be able to avoid rush hour, try to run errands during less busy times of the day, rather than right after work or during the weekends. Try to combine tasks to make as few trips as possible and shop in areas that are close together to avoid wasting gas by driving all over town.

Reduce weight.

It’s easy to let excess stuff pile up in your backseat or trunk. A hockey stick here, a couple of beach chairs there — suddenly your car has become a moving storage unit. Unnecessary items in your car can increase fuel consumption, so consider cleaning out your car and removing any accessories, such cargo boxes or roof racks, when you’re not using them. Even 100 pounds can make a big difference.

Avoid speeding.

Not only is speeding unsafe, but it also negatively affects your car’s fuel efficiency. In fact, driving faster than 50 miles per hour can minimize fuel efficiency by as much as 7% to 14%. Try to use cruise control (when it’s safe to do so) to avoid accidentally speeding up on the highway. If possible, avoid speeding up quickly or slamming on your breaks, as this also burns fuel faster.

Pump gas when the temperature is coolest.

Another way to get the best fuel mileage out of your Ford model is to only pump gas during the coolest times of day, such as the early morning or late night. This is because fuel is denser the colder it becomes, so you’ll get more out of your trip to the pump when it’s chilly.

Don’t let your vehicle idle for too long.

When you’re waiting in the school pick-up line, it’s tempting to let your car idle. However, idling can consume a significant amount of fuel, so try to avoid it when you can. It’s better to turn your car off and restart it than to let it idle. Also, using the air conditioning burns fuel as well, so rolling down the windows instead can help you conserve gas.

Keep up with maintenance.

The best way to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency? Keep it running smoothly with regular service appointments. At Tallahassee Ford, we make it easy. Just book a time with our expert technicians and we’ll make sure your car is in good shape. This includes checking your tires, replacing spark plugs if needed, and aligning your tires. We’re here for all your automotive needs, no matter the season!

If you need further advice about your vehicle, feel free to contact us or stop by our dealership at243 North Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301. We look forward to serving our customers in Tallahassee and those who live near Thomasville, GA, Havana and Crawfordville, FL.

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