May 10, 2006


BCAA offers top ten tips to save cash on gas

Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is offering its top ten money- and gas-saving tips, as gasoline prices spiral upwards.

The BCAA suggests that you consolidate trips, as short trips of less than five kilometres generally do not allow the engine to reach its peak operating temperature, which reduces the level of fuel efficiency; use a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle where possible; slow down and avoid jack-rabbit starts and hard braking; avoid unnecessary idling; avoid carrying non-essential heavy items, and remove roof racks when they’re not being used; don’t drive excessive miles to a lower-priced gas station; purchase gas from companies that offer loyalty rewards; keep your vehicle tuned and your tires properly inflated; consider ride sharing (www.ride-share.com) and public transportation; and when replacing your car, compare fuel efficiency ratings at www.vehicles.gc.ca.

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