Advances in technology have made modern cars more fuel efficient than ever, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to try to eek a few extra kilometres out of a tank of gas. Funny enough, most of the methods proven to be most effective in improving your day-to-day fuel efficiency also happen to fall under the category of basic maintenance and good driving habits (a.k.a. don’t be that gas-brake-gas-brake-gas-brake guy).
Here are five helpful fuel-saving tips to get the most bang for your buck:
Tires, tires, tires!
Don’t think that leaky tire is a big deal? It turns out that keeping your tires properly inflated is more than just a simple safety issue; it can also have noticeable impact on how many kilometres you get per fill-up. If fuel economy wasn’t enough of an incentive - keeping your tires inflated to the recommended pressure will help them last longer and afford you better handling, comfort, and safety on your daily travels.
Too much junk in your trunk.
We as a species are accumulators of stuff. A lot of that stuff ends up in our vehicles. Cleaning out your trunk on a regular basis to remove items you don’t need will lighten the load of your vehicle, and consequently, reduces the amount of fuel your vehicle uses.
Keep your oil fresh.
Regularly get your oil changed, using the right oil for your vehicle, and changing your oil filter can also have a cumulative effect on fuel efficiency.
Check engine light on? Check your engine.
When the “check engine light” lights up in your vehicle, you may think you can wait on it and get it looked at next time your vehicle gets serviced - you may want to think again. Problems like a bad oxygen sensor, malfunctioning spark plugs, or clogged fuel filter can trigger this light to go off. These issues have a huge impact on your fuel efficiency so you might want to get that check engine light looked at a little sooner. You might end up spending more money at the pump than you would have to correct the problem.
You aren’t a race car driver.
Safe driving is efficient driving. Aggressive behaviour - including speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking all reduce your fuel milage. All vehicles are more fuel efficient at slower speeds, and when driven with care.
Basic maintenance on your vehicle, becoming a minimalist - getting all the junk out of your life, and addressing maintenance issues when they arise can all help you to get to your destination for less!
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