Tips for Fuel-Efficient Driving – Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

When you follow the CAA’s fuel-efficient driving tips, you can:

  • Save hundreds of dollars at the pump every year
  • Extend the life of your vehicle by preventing unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle
  • And help save the environment

Accelerate gently

According to a study referenced by Natural Resources Canada, frequent starts and hard braking reduce travel time by only 4%, but increase fuel consumption by 39%. To maximize your fuel efficiency, take five seconds to accelerate your vehicle to 20 km/h from a standstill.

coast to decelerate

By watching traffic behavior ahead of time, you can often see well in advance when it’s time to slow down. You can save fuel and save money by taking your foot off the throttle and coasting to slow down instead of using your brakes.

Track your car’s regular maintenance

Under-inflated tires increase fuel consumption by up to four percent. With regular maintenance services, you can help your vehicle run more efficiently.

Don’t stay idle

Parked up and waiting for someone? You waste 1 liter of gas for every 20 minutes of inactivity. If you are going to be stopped for 60 seconds or more, try shutting off the engine.

Avoid speeding

As you increase speed, more power is needed to push the car through the air. Driving at low speeds can significantly reduce fuel consumption. Using cruise control on the highway helps maintain a steady speed and saves gas (but be careful in wet or icy conditions and check your owner’s manual for safe instructions on using the speed regulator).

Decrease drag

Remove bike racks and carriers when not in use. They decrease the aerodynamics of a vehicle. Remove unnecessary items from your trunk.

Combine trips

Whenever possible, plan your route to combine multiple stops into one trip. Your vehicle is more fuel efficient when warmed up, so several short trips with a cold engine can use twice as much gas as a longer trip.

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