Toyota Driver's Tips - Beyond the Oil Change
Your Toyota is designed to be reliable and provide long-lasting vehicle performance. However, there are things you can do to make your Toyota perform even better, especially in light of rising gas prices.
Maximize Your Mileage:When you drive a little faster, you burn considerably more fuel. Slow down and increase your Toyota's fuel efficiency.
Once you're out on the highway at cruising speed, use your vehicle's cruise control. You'll burn less fuel if you do.
Slow down for hills. Maintaining your speed up a hill means opening your vehicle's throttle, which burns more gas. On down hills, use gravity to help increase speed and improve fuel economy.
Accelerate only when you have to, and only as much as you need to. Avoid jackrabbit starts, bring your Toyota to speed with a light right foot, and maintain smooth progress on the road.
For slowing down or stopping, get off the gas as soon as you can. Use your brakes when you need to, but allow the other forces working on your vehicle to help slow you down.
Whenever you can, keep your windows closed to decrease drag. For climate control, use your vehicle's air conditioning. It's the lesser of two evils.
Roof racks and rooftop containers have extremely negative effects on a vehicle's fuel efficiency. Remove them when not in use.