SOURCE: Daimler Chrysler

February 15, 2006 10:00 ET

Local Dealership Shares Tips for Saving Fuel

AUBURN HILLS, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2006 -- With the average gasoline price hovering around $2.40 per gallon, your local Chrysler Group dealer has some tips to help customers maximize the fuel economy of their vehicles.

"The pressure at the pump can be particularly difficult for drivers, but there are some easy ways to cut down the amount of fuel you're using without cutting down on the time you spend behind the wheel," says Kevin McCormick, manager of global sales and service communications of the Chrysler Group.

Your local dealer offers a range of Chrysler Group products, several which include fuel-saving technologies such as Multi-Displacement System (MDS) which can improve fuel savings by up to 20 percent. In addition, there are additional measures drivers can immediately take to enhance fuel economy:

Modifying Driving Habits

--  Slow down. Every 5 mph over 65 mph can decrease fuel economy by as
    much as 7 percent.
--  Use modest acceleration when possible, minimizing "jack rabbit"
--  Prudent use of air conditioning and other accessories such as interior
    lighting and heated seats.
--  Use cruise control to help maintain a steady speed.
--  Limit extended idles and warm up periods. Don't leave vehicles idle
    while running in for the cup of coffee in the morning.
--  If you can, plan your trip to avoid rush hour to prevent fuel-burning
    idling in traffic.
Check Vehicle Condition
--  Replace dirty air filters. A clogged air filter can reduce fuel
    economy as much as 10 percent.
--  Check tire pressures. Tires under inflated by just 2 psi can reduce
    fuel economy as much as 1 percent.
--  Remove extra weight from vehicles. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk or
    pick up box can lower fuel economy 1 to 2 percent.
--  Reduce aerodynamic drag on vehicle by taking empty cargo carriers,
    bike racks, ski racks, etc off. At highway speed, 50 percent of the engine
    power is used to overcome aerodynamic drag.
--  Remove unused items from roof racks. A loaded roof rack can reduce
    fuel economy at highway speeds by as much as 5 percent.
--  Keep vehicle engine tuned up. A noticeably out of tune engine can
    reduce fuel economy as much as 4 percent.
--  If vehicle engine light is on, have the vehicle serviced. Faulty
    components such as an oxygen sensor can reduce fuel economy as much as 40
For more information on fuel saving tips, please contact your local Chrysler Group dealer. Additional information and news from DaimlerChrysler is available on the Internet at:

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kevin McCormick
    Manager, Global Sales and Service Communications
    (248) 512-6218
    Email Contact