Tips to Improve Fuel Economy



Drive Conservatively

Avoid "jack rabbit" starts, rapid acceleration and hard braking, which can lower your fuel economy by 10 to 40 percent.


Slow Down

Slow down. Reducing highway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy by 7 to 14 percent.


Use Cruise Control

Use cruise control. Minimizing speed fluctuations on the highway saves gas. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads as it could cause a loss of vehicle control.


Check Your Tire Pressure

Under-inflated tires have increased rolling resistance that reduces fuel economy. Furthermore, it can be dangerous as low tire pressure can result in overheating and a tire blowout.


Lighten Your Load

An extra 100 pounds can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.


Remove Your Rooftop Luggage

Remove your rooftop luggage carrier and racks. Yes, they are extremely convenient but if they're not in use, all they do is increase wind resistance and decrease fuel economy.


Practice Good Car Maintenance

Practice good car maintenance. Perform regular maintenance to keep your car in top mechanical condition.


 


What technologies are available to help increase fuel economy? These technologies are standard or available in several of our new Chevy, Subaru and Ford models.


Turbochargers

A turbocharger is a turbine that uses a car's exhaust to spin up and forces air back into the engine, thus increasing power. Automakers use turbochargers to decrease the engine size needed yet still retain the same power.


Cylinder Deactivation

This is based on the idea that you don't need your engine's full power when cruising at a steady speed so this system shuts off select cylinders in your engine when it's not needed.


Idle Stop

Also known as auto start-stop tech. Idling wastes fuel. When you're idling at a stop, this tech shuts down your engine and automatically starts it back up when you're ready to go.


Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

CVTs do away with traditional fixed gears in favor of a pulley system, which can constantly adjust the drive ratio to best match the optimum engine speed. Letting the engine run at optimum speed for as much time as possible leads to greater fuel efficiency. This tech can be found in almost all Subaru models.