Vancouver, British Columbia – GM of Canada is offering some fuel economy tips that it says will help drivers reduce their impact on the environment and save themselves a few dollars at the gas pump.1. Plan ahead – Whether planning a lengthy road trip or simply running daily errands, take the time to plan ahead, and reduce the overall amount of driving and the number of trips you have to make. Also try to choose the best road conditions for driving and when possible, avoid driving over rough asphalt or potholes and through traffic-congested areas.

2. Respect the limit – Drive within the speed limit at all times, and your car consumes a lot less fuel. Most cars use about 20% more fuel if driven at 110 km per hour, than they use at 90 km per hour.

3. No idling – One minute of idling uses more fuel than re-starting the engine. Remember even at -18 C most cars only require 15 to 30 seconds of warming up before being driven.

4. Keep the weight off – Removing unnecessary exterior objects (such as unused roof racks or bike racks) can increase the aerodynamic drag of the car and reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%. In addition, every 45 kg (100 lb.) of extra weight inside your vehicle consumes about 1% more fuel, so get rid of any unnecessary objects in the back seat or trunk.

5. Cap it! – Make sure the gas cap is properly secured on your car. Damaged, loose or missing gas caps cause over 25 million litres of gasoline to vaporize every year.

6. Keep your cool – During the summer months, use the air conditioner wisely.  Likewise, during the winter, don’t crank up the heat too high. Air conditioners are efficient on the highway, but they can increase your fuel consumption by up to 12% in stop-and-go traffic.

7. A little light reading – A poorly maintained vehicle typically consumes up to 15% more fuel than a properly maintained one. It’s important, therefore, to thoroughly read your owner’s manual and follow its suggestions.

8. Review the ratings – Fuel efficiency ratings have become a key factor when drivers are considering a new vehicle.



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