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How much time do you spend at the gas station? Too much? A complaint that a lot of Ford F-150 owners have is that their trucks get bad gas mileage. Well, considering it's a full-size truck, you should expect that it won't get real great fuel economy. Not to worry though, we are giving some handy tips on how you can keep some money in your wallet and save on the gas bill!

These tips are general, so they apply no matter what kind of vehicle you drive.

  1. Remove any unnecessary cargo or extra weight - it all adds up!
  2. On the highway and long trips, use cruise control - it will also help from getting a sore foot
  3. Buy the smallest engine you need - if you don't really need the big 5.4L V8, opt for the 4.2L V6
  4. Consider getting a standard transmission rather than the automatic transmission - they're also cheaper to buy and repair.
  5. Avoid stomping on the gas pedal - accelerate slowly and save your gas. Drive as if there is an egg between your foot and the gas pedal.
  6. If you'll be idling for more than a few minutes, turn the engine off

  7. Keep your tires properly inflated - underinflated tires can cause extra drag and overinflated tires can be dangerous as well. Check the sidewall on the tire for the recommended pressure
  8. Don't use air conditioning unless you need it (this can be a big gas pig on some vehicles) - although in some cases (such as at high speeds), it can actually be a bigger drag on the vehicle if you have the windows open.

  9. Maintain your truck - keep the air filter clean (important!), do regular maintenance on the truck (change the oil every 3000 miles, etc.).

  10. Drive 55mph or the speed limit - the faster you go at those higher speeds, the more gas your truck consumes. Also, staying at the speed limit could save you from a speeding ticket ;-)

  11. Keep track of your mileage - Use the fuel economy tracking spreadsheets we offer or create your own. Monitor your mileage and see what works for you and what doesn't.

  12. Plan more efficient routes - Consider the number of stops you have, a little longer route may actually be better! Also, make less trips - try to do as many tasks as you can in one trip, rather than doing one task per trip.

  13. Drive with the tailgate UP - It is a myth that you will get better mileage with the tailgate down. Keep it up if you want the best mileage.

  14. Install aftermarket performance parts - it's well known that installing things such as a K&N air filter, aftermarket exhaust systems, an electric fan, among other items, can help get better gas mileage.

  15. In cold weather, don't warm up your truck for more than 2 minutes, unless it's 15 years old or older.

Here are some other tips that may also help:

I hope these tips help. This tech article was originally posted at FordF150.net. It is primarily intended for Ford trucks but also applies to other Ford models.