How to turn on / off Eco driving mode on Ford F-150

Eco mode monitors driving characteristics, such as gear shift and speed, and adjusts the engine and transmission performance to help maximize fuel efficiency. This tutorial will guide you how to turn this feature on and off in your Ford F-150 vehicle.

2020 Ford F-150, 13th Generation – (photo by Ford)

When driving a car, a few tricks can save a lot of fuel and thus money. The Eco driving style also lowers your stress level and environmental impact. If you drive your car in eco mode, you are not automatically traveling slowly. On the contrary: We can save fuel, among other things, by starting quickly and shifting up quickly. In the city, driving in fifth gear is no problem. The injectors of the engines ensure that only as much fuel as is needed is needed when accelerating – and the higher the gear, the lower the speed at which we drive and therefore consume less fuel.


Step 1

If your truck is equipped with a column shifter, then press the button at the end of the stick to bring up Drive Mode menu on the instrument cluster screen.

For trucks equipped with Column Shifter

If your truck is equipped with a console shifter, then press the DM button located at the left side of the shifter to bring up Drive Mode menu on the instrument cluster screen.

Step 2

Pressing the button in Step 1 will bring up the Drive Mode selection menu on your instrument cluster screen.

Move the selection to the ECO icon by using the arrow buttons on your vehicle’s steering wheel, then press OK to confirm.

After you have made your selection, ECO icon will appear at the bottom of the instrument cluster screen indicating that the ECO driving mode has been successfully activated.

Eco mode offers the best possible fuel economy with tradeoffs in vehicle performance, comfort and fuel consumption.


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Tips on Eco driving

Cars were once a great and very useful invention for getting around. Today they are part of our everyday life, but people are now aware of the environmental risks and are trying to reduce them. With regard to gasoline consumption and environmental friendliness, progress has been made for many years. Still problems remain. The biggest are the exhaust gases that they produce and that contribute to the greenhouse effect. Not only driving, but also car production contributes to this to an extent that should not be underestimated. With these tips you can lower fuel consumption of your vehicle as well as emit less pollution.

  • Avoid driving during rush hour – stop & go traffic is unavoidable here and swallows large amounts of fuel.
  • Do not use winter tires in summer and check the tire pressure regularly.
  • Keep windows closed while driving, as wind in the vehicle increases air resistance and thus fuel consumption.
  • Do not drive at low speed – the “jerk limit” of 1000 rpm should always be exceeded. Shifting up early and driving at low speed is not a contradiction to this, but recommended.
  • Use the engine as a brake – In manual vehicles first downshift and take your foot off the accelerator with the gear engaged without depressing the clutch. Braking only if necessary.
  • Take out unnecessary personal items out of your truck – lower weight equals lower fuel consumption.
  • Reduce the electrical consumption of the car – e.g. by switching off the seat heating or air conditioning.
  • Switch off the motor if it has been standing for a long time – usually more than 20 seconds.

With eco-driving we reduce fuel consumption and costs, protect the environment and have less stress when driving. However, this has to be practiced and we have to say goodbye to some routines that we have become accustomed to.

Contact the author: benjaminsaunders@wheelsjoint.com


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