April 5, 2007

Young Drivers of Canada offers fuel-saving tips

Ottawa, Ontario – In the face of high prices at the gas pumps, Young Drivers of Canada is offering tips on efficient and fuel-saving driving, and says that fuel consumption is affected mainly by driving style and vehicle maintenance.

“Drivers need to be aware that the changes in weather affect our fuel efficiency in different ways,” says Peter Christianson, President of Young Drivers of Canada. “Our vehicles use more fuel in the colder weather, as it takes an engine longer to reach the most efficient operating temperature. On the bright side, spring is here and this is when drivers normally use less fuel. Keep in mind, though, that turning on the air conditioning burns up a great deal of fuel. Leaving your windows down or using your vents in slower traffic is a better option, but once you enter the highway or freeway, roll them up as open windows cause more drag, thus burning more fuel.”

The company’s tips include:

  • Plan your trips to consolidate several into one, and travel in a logical order.
  • Look well ahead and anticipate changes in the traffic flow. Slowing early saves fuel and may avoid stopping, which wastes fuel when starting up again.
  • Use the lane of least resistance, which is the lane that has the best flow, the best view and the least risk. You will avoid stopping or unnecessary slowing.
  • If possible, avoid rush hour or, even better, carpool with others.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly tuned. Keep your air and fuel filters clean; your owner’s manual will advise on how often they should be changed.
  • Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month. Use the recommended tire pressure posted on the inside edge of the driver’s door.

  • Remove roof racks when not in use, and remove any unnecessary weight in your vehicle that will cause it to use more fuel.

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