Whatever goes up will come down…but when?
Gas prices in Canada have jumped to almost $2.20 per litre and still rising. Immigrants and entrepreneurs are all feeling the pain of the record prices.
Whatever goes up will eventually come down. Pending the day that gas prices will come down back to earth, follow these 16 practical tips to save on gas while you drive:
16 tips to save gas while you drive
- Shorter warm ups – Warm up your car for shorter lengths of time.
- Drive less – This sounds obvious. But keep looking for creative ways to drive less.
- Buy gas early or late in the day – Gas is cooler earlier in the day, and more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump.
- Slow down – Driving fast increases drag, which increases fuel consumption.
- Drive at a steady speed– Acceleration burns a lot of fuel, even at higher speeds. For instance, fluctuating between 75 km/h and 85 km/h every 18 seconds can lead to a 20% increase in fuel consumption. Also monitor when and how you brake. Braking excessively wastes gas
- Turn off the engine – Turn off your vehicle you are waiting, excess idling is a major waste of gas.
- Eliminate wind resistance – Remove unneeded car racks and carriers.
- Avoid gas stations near the highway when you can – Gas stations near the highway are usually the most expensive.
- Don’t wait until your tank is almost empty to fill up – You’ll be stuck paying for whatever gas you can find nearby.
- Monitor your tires – Under-inflated tires tend to wear out quicker and waste gas.
- Tune the engine – A properly tuned engine uses less gas
- Change filters – Clean filters help to keep cars running more fuel efficiently.
- Turn the A/C off and on – Use air conditioning on the highway, but put the windows down in town. AC Use in city driving can increase fuel consumption by 20%. Conversely, having your windows and sunroof open on the highway increases fuel consumption, so it’s better to turn on the air conditioner.
- Choose the best route – The shortest route isn’t always the most fuel-efficient way to go. Use the route with the least stop signs and stop lights.
- Regular is good enough – Many motorists pay more for plus, super, or supreme gasoline, but in most cases it’s an unnecessary expense.
- Walk, bike or take public transit – Driving is not your only option. Walking and biking burn calories not gasoline. Buses and subways can be very efficient and you don’t have to stress behind the wheel.