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10 Eco-Driving Tips for Everyone

Below are a few tips to help drivers conserve fuel and save money at the pump, while at the same time helping the environment and improving traffic safety.

  1. Slow down and watch speed – Drive 55 miles per hour instead of 65 to save fuel. EPA estimates a 10-15 percent improvement in fuel economy by following this tip. Also, aim for a constant speed. Pumping the accelerator sends more fuel into the engine. Using cruise control whenever possible on the highway helps maintain speeds and conserve fuel.
  2. Accelerate and brake smoothly – Accelerating smoothly from a stop and braking softly conserves fuel. Fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic and hard braking wastes fuel and wears out some of the car components, such as brakes and tires, more quickly. Maintain a safe distance between vehicles and anticipate traffic conditions to allow for more time to brake and accelerate gradually.
  3. No idling – Today’s engines don’t need a warm up. Start the car immediately and gently drive away. Don’t leave your car idling. Prolonged idling increases emissions and wastes fuel. Turn the engine off in non-traffic situations, such as at bank and fast food drive-up windows, when idling more than 30 seconds.
  4. Check your tires – Keep tires properly inflated to the recommended tire pressure. This alone can reduce the average amount of fuel use by 3-4 percent. Under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance and reduce fuel economy. They also wear more rapidly. Check the vehicle’s door-post sticker for minimum cold tire inflation pressure.
  5. Be kind to your vehicle – Maintain proper engine tune-up to keep vehicles running efficiently. Keep the wheels aligned. Wheels that are fighting each other waste fuel. Replace air filters as recommended. Use a fuel with good detergent additives to keep the vehicle engine clean and performing efficiently. Always consult the Owner’s Manual for proper maintenance.
  6. Travel light – Avoid piling a lot of luggage on the roof rack. The added frontal area reduces aerodynamics and will hurt fuel economy, reducing it by as much as 5 percent. Remove excess weight from the vehicle. Unnecessary weight, such as unneeded items in the trunk, makes the engine work harder and consumes more fuel.
  7. Minimize use of heater and air conditioning – Use heating and air conditioning selectively to reduce the load on the engine. Decreasing your usage of the air conditioner when temperatures are above 80 degrees can help you save 10-15 percent of fuel. Use the vent setting as much as possible. Park in the shade to keep car cool and reduce the need for air conditioning.
  8. Close windows at high speeds – Don’t drive with the windows open unless your keep your speed under 50 mph. Driving with the windows open at highway speeds increases aerodynamic drag on the vehicle and lowers fuel economy.
  9. Choose the right oil – Use good quality oils with the viscosity grade recommended in the owner guide. Ford recommends SAE 5W-20 oil for most cars and trucks to provide the best fuel economy. Only oils “certified for gasoline engines” by the American Petroleum Institute (API) with the starburst symbol should be used.
  10. Consolidate trips – Plan ahead to consolidate your trips. This will enable you to bypass congested routes, lead to less idling, fewer start-ups and less stop-and-go traffic. Whenever feasible, share a ride and/or carpool.

Source: Ford Motor Company

 

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Ethanol Facts

How does operating a vehicle on E85 reduce CO2 (greenhouse gas) emissions by about 25%?

Consuming E85, a fuel made from natural biomass, does not contribute to greenhouse gas accumulations because the carbon from the natural biomass would have been released naturally into the earth's atmosphere when the biomass decomposed naturally.

If the carbon released during feedstock farming and the subsequent production of ethanol is taken into account, ethanol derived from corn and combined with gasoline in an E85 fuel blend still contributes about 25% less CO2 into the earth's atmosphere compared with gasoline.

What Ford vehicles can use E85?

We now offer four flex fuel vehicles — Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car and, for the first time, the best-selling Ford F-150. Find out if your vehicle can use E85.

Can you drive as far on a gallon of E85 as you can on a gallon of gas? If not, why would customers choose E85 fuel?

It is true that there is less energy in a gallon of ethanol than in a gallon of gas. But ethanol is often less expensive than gasoline — currently E85 costs 20-30 cents less per gallon than gasoline.

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Biodiesel

One of the ways to make driving more sustainable is to reduce the world's dependence on non-renewable resources. By developing vehicles capable of running on renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, we're addressing concerns about the environmental impact of driving.

Biodiesel

In the United States, biodiesel is primarily made from soybeans. It's typically sold in blends using 2 to 5 percent biodiesel (the remaining 98 to 95 percent is traditional petroleum-based diesel). These blends are called B2 or B5.

Most diesel vehicles can use B2 or B5. Diesel vehicles have been successfully operated on B20 and B100, but this is not recommended unless the vehicle's fuel system has been modified and the fuel quality controlled.

Biodiesel can also be made from waste cooking oils and animal fats, but the resulting fuel is problematic due to the wide variation in properties from these waste streams.

Benefits of Biodiesel

The use of biodiesel has several benefits:

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Time to start thinking about winter tires...yes...already.

 A quick guide of pointers in selecting snow and winter tires from Tires By Web.

/24-7PressRelease/ - LANSING, MI, August 29, 2008 - Summer has indeed been glorious, but the nights are already getting colder for many of us and it's time to start planning for colder weather. So aside from stocking up on the necessary items for your football tailgating excursions, we'll also need to start thinking about our cars. For those of us who run into harsher winters, snow tires are either a necessity or something you've at least considered in the past.

So in the spirit of being proactive, we have put together a short list of factors to think about when selecting winter tires.

First, identify your needs. Are you doing a lot of highway driving, or more urban commuting? If you tend to drive at higher speeds, it may make sense to look at performance snow tires. If not, you can likely avoid the premium prices associated with performance snow tires. Secondly, you'll want to take into account your weather conditions. Do you tend to get more slush? Strictly snow? Ice? A combination of the above? Different types of snow tires perform better for these differing conditions. If you deal more with icy conditions, it will most likely make sense to look at studded tires. These provide maximum traction in icy conditions, but will not really provide better performance in strictly snowy conditions.

Make sure when ordering your new tires online or at a store, that you pick your seller's brain on topics such as tread design, tread compound and whether or not the tires you're looking at are designated by the Rubber Manufacturers Association as meeting the severe snow standard.
For all of your tire needs, be sure to check out Tires By Web, a leading tire retailer since 1977. Tires By Web carries a broad range of tires, rims and wheels such as: Boyd Coddington Wheels, Cooper Tires, Fuzion Tires, Hakkapeliitta, Hankook Tires, and Mickey Thompson Tires.

About Tires By Web

Tires By Web carries a broad range of tires, rims and wheels such as: Boyd Coddington Wheels, Cooper Tires, Fuzion Tires, Hakkapeliitta, Hankook Tires, and Mickey Thompson Tires.

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Discount Tire Provides Top 10 Tire Tips

Keep the good times rolling by checking tires before hitting the road

Discount Tire Provides Top 10 Tire Tips for Labor Day Road Trips

Useful tips to keep your tires in top shape from Discount Tire, the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer

Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) August 25, 2008 -- Useful tips to keep your tires in top shape from Discount Tire, the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer:

Keep the good times rolling by checking tires before hitting the road

1. Don't Wait Until It's Too Late -- make it a habit to check your tire pressure at least once per month and before every long trip. Under inflated tires cause excess heat build-up that can damage tires and lead to a failure.

2. Know Your Pressure Point -- the correct tire pressure is found on a sticker on the driver-side doorpost or in the owner's manual, not on the tire sidewall -- that's the maximum pressure for the tire.

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