10 tips for more efficient driving from ram® and the u.s. department of energy+
USE PROPER PARTS.
Always use the proper parts and fluids when servicing your vehicle. Changing your oil at the recommended intervals and following manufacturer guidelines for routine maintenance can also help improve your truck's efficiency. Mopar® Express Lane is a great way to maintain your Ram truck with factory-trained service, at a competitive price. Find your local Express Lane location at mopar.com.
ACCELERATE WITH CARE.
There's no way around it: fast acceleration wastes fuel. Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and up to 5 percent during city driving. With 5.7 liters of HEMI® V8 power under the hood, it might be tempting to own the road. But for better fuel efficiency, try accelerating modestly.
GO WITH THE FLOW.
Airflow is important; especially over long distances. Your Ram truck is built to haul just about anything but if your load is taller than the top of your cab, it could interfere with the aerodynamics and decrease your fuel efficiency by up to 5 percent. So whenever possible, try and lay down your taller cargo.
STICK WITH STOCK SPECS.
New wheels and tires may be something on your mind, but be careful – if they're not the same as the manufacturer specifications, they could create more resistance on the road, thereby reducing fuel economy for your truck. If you'd like to customize your truck with authentic Mopar® certified parts and accessories, just visit mopar.com.
LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD.
With Ram 1500 Crew Cabs class-exclusive+ available RamBox® Cargo Management System, you have the capacity to carry your tools, sports equipment and work clothes without even cluttering your truck bed. But carrying excess baggage only adds extra weight to your truck and impacts fuel economy. Getting rid of weight you don't need can help you save fuel for the bigger jobs.
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT–
AND KEEP IT THERE.
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to be fuel-efficient is to follow the speed limit. Every 5 mph you drive over 60 could represent a 7-percent decrease in fuel economy+. That's one reason why cruise control comes standard on most Ram vehicles. So just set your speed, and you'll be on the road to fuel efficiency.
CHECK YOUR TIRE
Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which burns more fuel. Properly inflated tires can improve your fuel economy by up to 3 percent. That's why the Ram Tire Pressure Monitoring System comes standard on all 2012 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 models. By monitoring your tire pressure, you can maintain safe vehicle operation and better fuel efficiency.
KNOW THE ROUTE.
PLAN YOUR TRIPS.
Try to get the job done using one trip instead of several shorter ones. Multiple trips can use twice as much fuel as one longer trip over the same distance. Ram Uconnect™ navigation systems can help you map your route, and give you real-time traffic updates. So you can get more out of your trips – and your tank.
DRIVE AT A CONSISTENT
When driving on the highway, follow the lead of semi trucks and keep a consistent speed. If you're alternating between the gas and the brake, you're cutting down on fuel economy. Luckily, most Ram trucks come with a feature that can greatly help keep your speed in check: cruise control.
DON'T STAND IDLE.
Ram trucks offer many conveniences to make your time on the road more comfortable. Like heated, ventilated seats, automatic dual temperature controls, and full power seats with lumbar adjustment. But if you're waiting while parked, turn off your truck to save gas – because one thing's for sure: Idling your vehicle gets 0 miles per gallon.