Gas prices continue to be a hot topic across the country. You may not have control over the cost of gas, but you DO have some say over how you use it. Here are a few ideas to reduce consumption and ease the strain on your wallet.
- Reduce your average speed:
Despite a posted limit of 100km/hour on most highways, motorists average 120km/hr. This equates to a 20% increase in fuel consumption and costs you 20% more on gas. Slow down and smell the savings.
- Relax for the duration of the ride:
Alternating between accelerating and hitting the brakes doesn’t just increase wear and tear on your vehicle; it also results in an increase in fuel consumption by a whopping 25%! The kicker: it only saves you about 2.5 minutes on your trip.
- Reduce the weight drag:
Is your vehicle a storage unit? For every additional 100 pounds in your vehicle you are reducing the mileage you get by about 2%. Clean out your car and start saving money.
- Idle not:
It’s a waste of fuel, a source of pollution and fast becoming completely socially and politically unacceptable! Idling your vehicle gets you nowhere and costs money. Idling for just 10 minutes a day can result in an increase of annual fuel costs by 5%.
- Check your tires:
There’s a reason your vehicle or tire manufacturer recommends a certain level of tire pressure; it makes your vehicle operate more efficiently! Measure your tire pressure monthly and adjust according to specifications.