In a recent survey by Ford Motor Company, Indian drivers were asked about their driving habits and fuel efficiency knowledge. Here are details of the Ford Survey.
When asked about their driving habits, Ninety-five percent claimed they knew how to drive their car for maximum fuel efficiency, and 96 percent said they make a concerted effort to drive efficiently on a daily basis.
The fuel efficiency survey commissioned by Ford Motor Company covered 9,500 drivers across 11 markets in Asia Pacific, including 1,023 Indian respondents
Basis the Ford Survey results, here are some tips that can help Indian drivers keep their tanks fuller for longer!
# The Ford Survey revealed that 40 percent of Indian drivers don’t not know that harsh accelerating and braking negatively affect their car’s fuel consumption
Fact: Aggressive driving – like braking harshly or taking off too quickly – is a major offender when it comes to wasting fuel.
# 26 percent of Indian drivers believe that keeping the engine running while idling will save more fuel.
Fact: Turning the engine off and restarting it again is actually more fuel efficient.
# 78 percent of drivers are unaware about the fuel efficiency benefits of cruise control
Fact: Cruise control is a modern car’s secret weapon against wasting fuel. Maintaining a constant speed means you don’t waste fuel by unnecessarily braking and accelerating – and it also stops you from driving faster than allowed.
# 27 percent know to use GPS to map the quickest route before heading out.
Fact: Both time and money can be saved by checking your route on your GPS system before you hit the road. If you’re in a Ford and it comes with SYNC 2, save time by pre-entering your most frequent destinations, such as home and work.
# 52 percent did not know that driving in hilly areas can affect fuel consumption.
Fact: A long drive in the mountains will use more fuel than driving on a flat, straight road. Driving uphill uses more fuel as the vehicle is working slightly harder to go against gravity.
# Many respondents were unaware that cold weather (73 percent) and hot weather (64 percent) affect a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Fact: Cold weather can reduce your fuel economy significantly as it takes longer for your engine to reach its most efficient temperature, so you may want to rethink any short trips in wintery conditions. In warmer weather, pay attention to when you should use the car’s air-conditioner. The higher the speed, the more wind resistance affects mileage. At highway speeds you’re better off using the air-conditioner, but at lower speeds drive with your windows down.
# 35 percent of drivers knew that removing heavy items or clutter from the car can help save fuel
Fact: Excess weight in the vehicle can wreak havoc on your car’s fuel consumption. Any extra 20kg you carry can reduce fuel economy by roughly one percent. So try to pack lightly on that next road trip.
# One in three drivers were unaware that regular servicing helps save fuel, and more than half (58 percent) were unaware that regularly checking tire pressure also helps save fuel
Fact: Basic knowledge perhaps, but it’s all too easy to forget that a properly maintained vehicle and correctly inflated tires will help stretch your petrol dollar further.
# While Indian drivers are showing more interest in purchasing fuel efficient vehicles to save them money, the best way to economize on fuel is good driving habits according to Ford.
The centrepiece of Ford’s fuel-economy improvement efforts for petrol-powered engines is EcoBoost technology, which uses turbocharging, variable-valve timing and direct fuel injection along with reduced displacement to deliver significant vehicle fuel-efficiency gains and CO2 reductions, relative to larger displacement engines, without sacrificing vehicle performance.
In response to consumers’ needs, Ford now offers EcoBoost’s fuel-economy benefits throughout its product lineup. Ford’s rapid deployment of EcoBoost in high volumes across a wide array of our vehicle nameplates is helping consumers make a significant step forward in CO2 emission reductions.
In India, EcoBoost is available in the EcoSport compact SUV.