How to Increase Fuel Mileage on a Ford Focus

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How to Increase Fuel Mileage on a Ford Focus
Increasing the fuel mileage on your Ford Focus is a matter of following a few simple tips. (speedo image by graham tomlin from

Automakers are in continual competition to find ways to increase the miles-per-gallon rate on every make and model of the cars they produce. In 1997, Ford announced that it was lessening the weight of the Focus car, in an effort to achieve the maximum possible MPG rates. By the creation of the 2009 Focus, Ford successfully reached a 35 highway gallons-per-mile record. To reap this benefit over the long run, good driving habits and routine care must be applied.

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    Lighten up on your accelerator. Using excessive force to gain high speed in a short amount of time places undue strain on your engine. When your motor is stressed, it requires more gas from your fuel tank to operate at full efficiency. By practicing gradual acceleration, you are using the minimum amount of gasoline in your take-offs and therefore increasing your fuel mileage.

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    Utilise your cruise control feature. By coasting on highways and long roads at a steady pace, your motor can do its job free of the demands of an ever-changing pace. Since your motor is operating smoothly on cruise control, your gas tank will only be required to provide a minimal amount of fuel. Your miles-per-gallon is significantly higher when you are driving at one steady speed.

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    Check the pressure in your tires regularly. Perhaps make a routine of stopping by the air pump with each gasoline fill-up. This way, you will notice if there are any leaks or signs of wear and tear on your tires that you may have otherwise missed. When your tires are filled to their recommended capacity for driving, your motor is able to operate without the excessive weight from weaker tires.

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    Change your oil regularly. Oil is essential to your engine's function because the lubrication allows components to interact smoothly and without harsh friction. When oil gets old, it begins clumping and eventually wears off of the motor, causing the engine's parts to grind and call on more gasoline for energy to keep the car running. New oil ensures that your engine can run with only a little help from your gas tank, thereby improving your fuel mileage significantly.

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