A Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot were recently driven on a fuel economy challenge by economy driving enthusiasts John and Helen Taylor. Both vehicles were standard, series production models. The vehicles travelled on normal roads, at realistic speeds and in a variety of weather and traffic conditions.
"We used simple fuel economy driving techniques that any driver could replicate," said John Taylor. "There is no hidden secret to what we achieved on this drive, and by following the same simple actions, I am confident that any motorist can achieve outstanding fuel efficiency gains." By far the most important factor in the reduction of fuel consumption is the driver. The rule is simple: slow down and take it easy."
"The Jeep Patriot and Compass clearly challenge the myth that all SUVs are gas guzzlers," said Helen Taylor. "By following simple fuel-saving tips, we've proven, in everyday driving conditions just how fuel efficient these two Jeep SUVs can be."
The Taylors offer the following tips and guidance on how motorists can obtain the best possible fuel efficiency from their vehicle.
-Use higher gears
-Tune and service the engine
-Keep the tyres at the correct pressures
-Avoid carrying excess weight
-Take the roof rack off
-Use the correct engine oil
-Avoid excess idling
-Avoid high speeds
-Maintain distance between cars
-Use air conditioning sparingly
-Check the air filter
-Avoid traffic hot spots
-Use the handbrake on slopes