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Used Trucks and Fuel Efficiency: Basics Every Driver Should Know

By Maria Wegner Subscribe to RSS | April 19th 2012 | Views:
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With oil prices constantly rising, it’s important for every driver to know the basics of getting more miles each time they refuel. Used trucks are generally less fuel efficient than their brand-new counterparts so special attention should be placed on how well it performs. Here are some tips on how you can spend less on fuel costs:

First, you have to be smart with the fuel you buy. Purchase from the cheapest station even if the difference is just a few cents. Know the octane ratings of gas brands, and stick to the lowest octane rated option allowed for your truck. Fuel is densest at the coolest time of the day, so gas up during these hours. Use gas credit cards, and don’t forget to shut the gas cap tight.

You can maximize fuel efficiency just by changing the way you drive. Plan your trips ahead to avoid traffic. Learn how to drive at a steady, moderate speed. Avoid idle engine time; if you are stuck in traffic or if you need to wait for a few minutes, it would be better to turn off the engine.

Poorly maintained trucks are not only dangerous to drive; they also reduce gas mileage significantly. A dirty air filter and defective spark plugs can reduce fuel efficiency at a rate of 30% combined. Improperly inflated and poorly fitted tires also cause a drop in fuel economy by as much as 25%. If you would like to avoid inefficient fuel usage, consider having regular maintenance checks.

Keep your load low whenever possible. Carrying unnecessary weight consumes more fuel. Eliminate drag by removing accessories such as racks which slows down the car and increases fuel requirement. The goal here is to improve your truck’s aerodynamics: you get more mileage if your vehicle overcomes less air resistance. Some used Ford trucks Brampton residents drive have lightened loads by removing extra body accessories.

Modifications on your truck can make your vehicle more fuel-efficient. Enhancements such as aerodynamics, free-flow exhaust system, a cold air intake, and an engine computer chip can cost about a thousand dollars. But if you are really serious about getting more fuel mileage, you can actually save more especially if you plan to use the truck for a long time. used Ford trucks Brampton dealers have in their inventory are ready for such modifications.

For more information, you can visit trucks.about.com and fueleconomy.gov. These sites provide advice on how you can get more mileage out of your vehicle. For a listing of used Ford trucks Brampton dealerships offer, you can check out autotrader.ca and carpages.ca.

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