7 ways to reduce your fuel consumption
With the increasing price of gas impacting our budget, you should ensure that you adopt good driving habits in order to avoid visiting the pump every few days. Here’s some expert advice on how to reduce your fuel consumption, from the team at your neighbourhood OCTO Auto Service Plus.
- Check your tire pressure
If your tires are not enough inflated, your vehicle must work harder to maintain a consistent speed. This burns a lot of fuel. Therefore, get into the habit of testing your tire pressure about once a month and keeping your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Observe speed limits
Did you know that driving over the speed limit doesn’t get you to your destination faster? Moreover, it’s not worth potentially getting a speeding ticket or colliding with another vehicle to save two or three minutes. Additionally, tests have shown that driving at 120 km/h requires about 20 per cent more fuel than driving 100 km/h. These are some good reasons to go easy on that gas pedal.
- Avoid hard acceleration
Pounding on the gas pedal as soon as the traffic light turns green is exhilarating, but it uses a lot of fuel. According to CAA-Quebec, you shouldn’t accelerate more than 20 km/h every five seconds.
- Follow the maintenance schedule
Many mechanical issues can increase your fuel consumption. Therefore, it’s essential to regularly have your vehicle inspected and maintained by an expert. Consult your user manual to determine the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance intervals.
- Manage your air conditioning wisely
Your car’s air conditioning system guzzles gas. Therefore, when it’s hot outside, dress appropriately and limit your air conditioner use. It’s best to use your air conditioner when driving on the highway because cruising with the windows down at high speeds can decrease your car’s aerodynamics. However, within the city, feel free to enjoy the wind flowing through your hair.
- Use loyalty programs
Various loyalty cards offer discounts on fuel. If you become a member, you can use your reward points to save money on gas.
- Fill up at the right time
If you’re not in a hurry to fill up your tank, shop around for a good deal. Frequently, gas prices vary from one station to the next. For example, if you have an appointment in a nearby town where gas is cheaper, kill two birds with one stone. You can also download an app that regularly updates the gas prices near you.
If you want to keep your car in peak condition no matter what the season, make an appointment at your nearest OCTO Auto Service Plus.