Poorly maintained vehicles consume up to 15 per cent more fuel but according to Michelle Massicotte, associate vice-president, automotive at Canadian Tire, there are simple tips that every driver should keep in mind this summer to reduce fuel consumption. “Improving your vehicle's fuel economy can be as simple as adjusting your driving habits and adhering to a regular maintenance schedule. Not only will you save money by using less gas, but you'll also reduce your vehicle's emissions and your carbon footprint.”
Canadian Tire recommends the following five simple tips to improve your vehicle's fuel economy:
1. Stay Calm And Slow Down:
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed, fuel mileage is known to decrease rapidly at speeds above 100 km/h. Avoid quick starts, hard stops and aggressive driving as they can increase fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent.
2. Monitor Tire Pressure:
Tires that are not properly inflated use more gas, so get the most mileage out of your gas and ensure your tires don't wear out as quickly by keeping them properly inflated to manufacturer specifications. Use a basic air pressure gauge to measure tire pressure monthly when tires have not been driven on for at least three hours.
3. Stay On Schedule:
Following the recommended service maintenance schedule will ensure that your vehicle is running optimally, resulting in better fuel economy. Changing the air filter, spark plugs, engine oil and other fluids accordingly ensures that your vehicle is not using more fuel than it needs to and helps reduce emissions.
4. Reduce Vehicle Weight:
Carrying excess weight in your vehicle's trunk increases your fuel consumption. Carry only what you need and avoid the extra cost.
5. Sign Up For A Gas Rewards Card:
Cards, such as the Canadian Tire Gas Advantage MasterCard, help you save up to 10 cents per litre at the pump.
For more information on how to improve fuel economy, visit: http://canadiantire.promo.eprize.com/fuel/
I happened to check our local gas station yesterday while I was driving in NJ and the prices were almost at 4.00. It's going to be an expensive summer for driving again so be sure to take a quick look at the money and gas saving tips in the top five ways to beat rising gas prices. I know I am! I also read an article that said gas prices were falling, but I will believe that when I see it.