Boost Fuel Efficiency

Tips on saving money and the planet

With editorial assistance from Jaguar Land Rover Laval

Fuel-efficient driving techniques help save Canadians hundreds of dollars each year, improve road safety, prevent unnecessary wear on your vehicle, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 25 percent.

  • Obey speed limits. Most vehicles operate more fuel efficiently when travelling between 50 and 80 km/h — the “sweet spot.”
  • The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you consume.
  • Varying your speed, up and down, between 75 and 85 km/h every 18 seconds can increase your fuel usage by 20 percent.
  • Plan your route in advance or use a GPS to help maintain your vehicle’s momentum.
  • By anticipating traffic, you can decrease your speed, conserve fuel, and save money by simply taking your foot off the accelerator.
  • Keep tires properly inflated. It impacts how many kilometers you get per fill-up. Tires should be inflated to the correct pressure shown on the doorjamb of your vehicle.
  • Empty your trunk of items you don’t need. This lightens the load of your vehicle and helps reduce fuel consumption.
  • Use the recommended oil for your vehicle. One or two percent might not sound like a lot, but multiply that by the number of kilometers you drive in a year and it’s clear that it’s worth regularly changing your engine oil, engine oil filter, and using the correct grade of lubricant.
  • When a ‘Check Engine’ light comes on, it could mean anything from a bad oxygen sensor, malfunctioning spark plugs, or a clogged fuel filter. All can drain fuel efficiency.

Sources : Transport Canada; Allstate 2017

 

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