Driving style good driving and fuel economy habits

Give consideration to the lists that follow and you may be able to change a number of variables and improve your fuel economy.


Smooth, moderate operation can yield up to 10% savings in fuel.

Steady speeds without stopping will usually give the best fuel economy.

Idling for long periods of time (greater than one minute) may waste fuel.

Anticipate stopping; slowing down may eliminate the need to stop.

Sudden or hard accelerations may reduce fuel economy.

Slow down gradually.

Driving at reasonable speeds (traveling at 55 mph [88 km/h] uses 15% less fuel than traveling at 65 mph [105 km/h]).

Revving the engine before turning it off may reduce fuel economy.

Using the air conditioner or defroster may reduce fuel economy.

You may want to turn off the speed control in hilly terrain if unnecessary shifting between the top gears occurs. Unnecessary shifting of this type could result in reduced fuel economy.

Warming up a vehicle on cold mornings is not required and may reduce fuel economy.

Resting your foot on the brake pedal while driving may reduce fuel economy.

Combine errands and minimize stop-and-go driving.


Keep tires properly inflated and use only recommended size.

Operating a vehicle with the wheels out of alignment will reduce fuel economy.

Use recommended engine oil. Refer to Maintenance product specifications and capacities in this chapter.

Perform all regularly scheduled maintenance items. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule and owner maintenance checks found in scheduled maintenance information.


Heavily loading a vehicle or towing a trailer may reduce fuel economy at any speed.

Carrying unnecessary weight may reduce fuel economy (approximately 1 mpg [0.4 km/L] is lost for every 400 lb [180 kg] of weight carried).

Adding certain accessories to your vehicle (for example bug deflectors, rollbars/light bars, running boards, ski racks) may reduce fuel economy.

Using fuel blended with alcohol may lower fuel economy.

Fuel economy may decrease with lower temperatures during the first 810 miles (1216 km) of driving.

Driving on flat terrain offers improved fuel economy as compared to driving on hilly terrain.

Transmissions give their best fuel economy when operated in the top cruise gear and with steady pressure on the gas pedal.

Close windows for high speed driving.

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