Be a Greener, Leaner Driver
Driving techniques that can save you money.
The way you drive not only affects your fuel efficiency, but also the longevity of your vehicle. When you drive responsibly, you save money on maintenance and gas while helping to reduce your impact on the environment. From cheaper insurance to maintenance and driving techniques, we show you all the tips and tricks to being a smarter driver.
Relax: Aggressive driving, with fast take offs and hard braking, is not only more dangerous for you and your passengers, it can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 40%.
Driver Feedback: Many insurance companies offer better rates when a driver feedback device is installed. Studies show that feedback devices can improve fuel efficiency by 3-10%. Drivers who drive within the speed limit and avoid aggressive driving will be rewarded with lower insurance rates.
Turn it off: You may think you are saving gas, but idling for ten seconds utilizes the same amount of fuel as starting it. If you are stopping for more than 10 seconds, turn your car off. If Canadians reduced their idling by 3 minutes a day, it would be the equivalent of taking 320,000 vehicles off the road.
Junk in the Trunk: For every 45 kg you carry, you decrease your fuel efficiency by 1%.
Junk on the Roof: You may think that roof-top cargo boxes are a great idea, but they compromise your aerodynamics and reduce your fuel economy by 2% to 8% with city driving and by 6% to 17% on the highway. Use trailers or tow cargo boxes behind your car as this will only affect your fuel economy by 1% or 2% in the city and 1% to 5% on the highway.
Pump it Up: Ensure that your tires are always inflated to manufacturer’s specifications. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency by 6%. Tires may look properly inflated but need a little air, so make this a regular part of your vehicle maintenance routine. Tires also lose about 1 psi for every 10 degree drop in temperature, so be sure to check them as we head into winter.
Put a Cap on It: Every year, 147 million gallons of gas vaporize because gas caps are faulty or incorrectly closed. You can reduce waste by not filling your tank more than necessary and by ensuring that the cap is properly closed.
Travel Smart: Use your smart phone to find the cheapest gas in your area. There are also apps that will help you commute through routes with less traffic to save on fuel.
Warm it Up: If you have parked for more than 30 minutes, let your car warm up before setting off on a cold days. Warm engines are far more fuel efficient.
Flag Drag: Die hard sports fans, we salute you, but perhaps you can find other ways to show your support. If you put two flags on your car, they burn an extra litre of fuel for every hour that you drive at around 100 km/h.
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