Most of us see gasoline as one of our most expensive expenses. And with the rising cost of living, that’s not about to change. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce fuel consumption by adopting better practices. In the following lines, discover practical tips without compromising the comfort of your daily routine.
Ten tips to reduce gas consumption
Whether you’re on the road a lot for travel or work, reducing your gas consumption can only be beneficial. In the end, both your budget and the environment benefit! In other words, applying these tips’s in your best interest.
Choosing a gas-efficient car
For several years now, the “gasoline economy” factor has been gaining in popularity with dealers. It’s one of the main selection criteria when buying a new car.
Manufacturers have understood this! New hybrid and electric models are appearing all the time. And for the most energy-efficient traditional models, there’s still a wide choice. It shows that most of us can make a more responsible choice, whatever our preferences.
Respecting maintenance deadlines
Experts agree: a poorly maintained car can consume up to 25% more gasoline. Yes, that’s a considerable difference, considering the price we pay for this precious liquid.
Here, regular maintenance (within the timescales prescribed by your mechanic) will counteract the imbalances that cause this over-consumption. We’re talking about faulty alignment, insufficient tire pressure, poor-quality oil, etc.
Tame eco-driving and reduce speed
Did you know that eco-driving is a very real concept many motorists use? To adopt it, all you have to do is review your driving habits. Here are the basic rules of eco-responsible driving:
- Use your vehicle when necessary. The weather’s nice, and the pharmacy is just a few minutes’ walk or bike ride away. Why not take the opportunity to stretch your legs?
- Go easy on the brake and gas pedal. For example, instead of braking at the last minute and driving off in a storm, decelerate earlier.
- Drive slower. For example, driving 100 km/h on the freeway instead of 120 km/h means 20% less fuel consumption.
- At the other end of the spectrum, driving at very low speeds can also increase gas consumption, especially if you’re constantly stopped and starting due to traffic or traffic lights.
- Opt for a constant speed to avoid consumption peaks. Every acceleration you make counts. Use cruise control whenever possible.
And don’t forget to activate your car’s eco mode if it has one. At the touch of a button, it allows you to reduce your gas consumption. Specifically, the function optimizes specific properties of your car for more economical driving.
It’s also important to note that the exact impact of speed on gas consumption can vary depending on factors such as vehicle type, vehicle condition and driving conditions.
Switch off the engine when you stop
You may have noticed, but more and more people are doing it. At red lights or railroad intersections, they switch off their engines.
The reason is simple: they want to save fuel! And also: they know that the days when turning off/restarting was more energy-consuming than driving are over. So if you plan to stop for more than 10 seconds, you’ll want to extend your engine.
Using credit cards to obtain discounts
As you know, many credit cards and reward programs allow you to save on gas in Canada. Find out which options are best suited to your lifestyle. It could well make a difference to your wallet. Here’s a selection:
Prefer engine block heater to early start-up
A block heater is a device that allows you to warm up your engine without necessarily starting it. It’s a tool that quickly pays for itself, given the – often surprising! -of fuel you use to “warm up the car” on cold winter mornings.
Reduce the load on your vehicle
The greater the weight of the vehicle, the greater the rolling resistance of the tires, and the more energy (and therefore fuel) required to start and stop the car. So carrying extra passengers, luggage or attaching a trailer or caravan will impact your gas consumption.
Close windows on the freeway
By default, a car offers aerodynamic properties. These allow your car to flow air in motion, reducing wind resistance.
Logically, this phenomenon loses effectiveness if the car’s windows are open. That’s why closing your windows on the freeway is one of the best ways to save gas.
Reduce air conditioning use
Air conditioning can increase fuel consumption, as the air-conditioning system uses the energy the engine produces to operate. The warmer it is outside, the more energy the system will need to consume. Maintenance is also essential to limit energy wastage and gas consumption.
Overall, to minimize the impact of air conditioning on fuel consumption, you could try parking your car in the shade to keep it cooler, use your air conditioning’s recirculation setting to reduce the amount of hot air it has to cool or use the air conditioning at a lower setting.
Fill up when it’s convenient
First, it’s good to know that your fuel warning light doesn’t necessarily mean “need to regas.” Of course, it’s important to head for a gas station. But if the price of your gas has risen by $0.13 since yesterday, there’s nothing to stop you from putting in an amount (like $30 or $40, for example) and waiting for the price to drop to fill your rimmed tank.
Plan your journeys so you can drive consistently and pass through the cheapest service stations. Several apps and websites can help you find the cheapest service stations near you. Comparing prices can help you save a few cents per litre. The best-known is undoubtedly GasBuddy. The application is free and available on mobile.
Now you know how to save money at the pump! The trick is to put them into practice and be regular enough to see a difference in your wallet. Have a good trip!