Things You Thought You Knew About Fuel Economy

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Do you have to drive a small car to get good fuel economy?
No. Advanced technologies are allowing standard-sized vehicles to be very fuel efficient. In 2014 of the 8 top fuel efficient ranked vehicles, there are 3 mid-sized and one full sized vehicle.

 

What takes more fuel: Starting a vehicle or letting it idle?
Idling does. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is sitting still for any time longer than a traffic light.

 

Do Vehicles need to warm up before they can be driven?
No. Modern vehicles can be driven within seconds of being started, though the engine should not be subjected to extreme conditions until it has fully warmed up.

 

As a vehicle ages, does its fuel economy decreases significantly?
No. A vehicle that is properly maintained will retain its efficiency for many years.

 

Does using premium fuel improves fuel economy?
Unless your vehicle was specifically designed for premium fuel (or knocks severely with regular fuel), you will likely experience no benefit from using premium over regular.

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