Nobody likes paying for gas, especially when prices in the U.S. are hovering around the $4-per-gallon mark. So we asked our Facebook fans how they squeeze the most gas out of their tanks. Our fans loved swapping tips and tricks with one another. But among those responses were a few suggestions that raised an eyebrow or two. So we decided to ask the experts at here at Ford if they were fact or fiction.
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We took your fuel economy myths to Kevin Layden, a 27-year veteran of Ford, who is in charge of leading the Electrification Programs and Engineering. In addition to knowing a thing or two about battery-electric vehicles, he’s a resident expert on fuel economy.
You can catch the entire interview in the video above, or click on the links below to jump right to a myth that interests you.
True or False:
Filling up slowly creates fewer air bubbles and increases the amount of fuel in your tank – Makes sense, right? More air in the tank means less liquid. But will Kevin’s response burst this myth’s bubble?
Filling up in the morning, or in cold temperatures, will improve your fuel economy – Anyone who took high-school chemistry knows that the colder something is, the more density it has. So will colder gas help you “go further” on a tank, or is this a cold case?
Using midgrade or premium vs. regular unleaded improves fuel economy – Sometimes you get what you pay for. Does cheaper gas mean less bang for the buck, or are you pumping cash into your tank for no good reason?
Using your air conditioner reduces your fuel economy – Does blasting the air conditioning when it’s hot mean you’ll be filling up your tank more often? Or, can you keep your cool and your cash?
Underinflated tires will decrease your fuel economy – Everyone knows that keeping your tires inflated to the recommended pressure is just common sense for safety. But does it impact your fuel economy too?
With an Automatic Transmission, putting your vehicle in neutral while stopped in traffic will improve your fuel economy – Getting stuck in traffic wastes millions of gallons of gas per year. Could simply putting your vehicle in neutral at complete stops save fuel?
Sudden braking and quick acceleration can reduce your fuel economy – Could the way you drive have a big impact on your mpg?
It is recommended that you warm up your engine when in cold weather – Is letting your car warm up a tradition that is still necessary, or has modern technology made this an outdated notion?
These are just a few of the myths that our fans suggested and there are many, many more. Do you have a fuel economy theory that you would like the experts at Ford to put to the test? Leave a comment below and we could include it in a future video!