Ford Taurus Owners Manual: Economical driving

Fuel economy is affected by several things, such as how you drive, the conditions you drive under and how you maintain your vehicle.

There are some things to keep in mind that may improve your fuel economy: Accelerate and slow down in a smooth, moderate fashion.

Drive at steady speeds without stopping.

Anticipate stops; slowing down may eliminate the need to stop.

Combine errands and minimize stop-and-go driving.

Close the windows for high-speed driving.

Drive at reasonable speeds (traveling at 55 mph [88 km/h] uses 15% less fuel than traveling at 65 mph [105 km/h]).

Keep the tires properly inflated and use only the recommended size.

Use the recommended engine oil.

Perform all regularly scheduled maintenance.

There are also some things you may not want to do because they may reduce your fuel economy: Sudden or hard accelerations.

Rev the engine before turning it off.

Idle for periods longer than one minute.

Warm up your vehicle on cold mornings.

Use the air conditioner or front defroster.

Use the speed control in hilly terrain.

Rest your foot on the brake pedal while driving.

Drive a heavily loaded vehicle or tow a trailer.

Carry unnecessary weight (approximately 1 mpg [0.4 km/L] is lost for every 400 pounds [180 kilograms] of weight carried).

Add particular accessories to your vehicle (e.g.; bug deflectors, rollbars or light bars, running boards, ski racks).

Drive with the wheels out of alignment.

    Driving Hints
    BREAKING-IN You need to break in new tires for approximately 300 miles (480 kilometers). During this time, your vehicle may exhibit some unique driving characteristics. Avoid driving too fast durin ...

    Driving through water
    WARNING: Drive through water in an emergency only, and not as part of normal driving. WARNING: Engine damage can occur if water enters the air filter. Note: Driving through deep water may allow wa ...

    Other materials:

    Running out of fuel
    Avoid running out of fuel because this situation may have an adverse effect on powertrain components. If you have run out of fuel: You may need to cycle the ignition from off to on several times after refueling to allow the fuel system to pump the fuel from the tank to the engine. On restar ...

    Safety belt-minder
    This feature supplements the safety belt warning function by providing additional reminders by intermittently sounding a chime and illuminating the safety belt warning light when the drivers or front passengers seat is occupied and the safety belt is unbuckled. The system uses information fr ...

    Cleaning the windows and wiper blades
    The windows and wiper blades should be cleaned regularly. If the wipers do not wipe properly, substances on the vehicles glass or the wiper blades may cause squeaking or chatter noise from the blades, and streaking and smearing of the windshield. To clean these items, follow these tips: The ...