The #1 contributor
to fuel efficiency is the DRIVER!
Top 10 Fuel Economy Factors (from
In a major study, The Technology and Maintenance Council of the
American Trucking Assns. identified the major factors that most
affect fuel economy. The top 10 are:
According to EPA studies, you can reduce your
vehicle’s fuel consumption up to 20% by improving your driving
One of the biggest factors in wasting fuel is
hard acceleration and harsh braking.
How much acceleration is too much?
The Digital Fuel Mizer provides instant feedback
to the driver whenever the vehicle is operated outside of maximum
fuel efficiency conditions.
(Adapted from cruiseraccessories.com)
Fuel economy is a bit like dental hygiene --it's
not a very popular or glamorous subject, but you know that you
should pay closer attention. Good dental care is largely about
getting in the habit of doing a few little things each day. The
same goes for fuel economy improvement. Minimal effort on your
part can yield great results.
Under-inflated tires - When tires aren’t
inflated properly, it’s like driving with the parking brake
on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
Dirty air filters - An air filter that is clogged
with dirt, dust or bugs chokes off the air, which wastes fuel
and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter
can improve mileage by as much as 10 percent.
Don’t be an aggressive driver - Aggressive
driving can reduce mileage by as much as 33 percent.
Avoid excessive idling - Sitting idle gets zero
miles per gallon. Consider an APU or cabin heater for those long
Observe the speed limit - Fuel mileage decreases
rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mph driven over 60 will result
in an additional waste of 10 cents per gallon.
Straight Ahead--Be sure that your front suspension
is properly aligned. Poor alignment increases tire friction, causes
premature tire wear, and requires extra fuel to move the vehicle.