Gas prices are all over the place right now. And they’re probably going to stay that way for now (ouch) but we have some tips to keep your vehicle’s fuel consumption at a minimum so you can wave at the gas stations as you’re passing by!
10. Keeping Up With Maintenance
First, keep up with your maintenance. A car that runs well will save you money in the long run and in the short run at the fuel pumps. Oil changes are arguably the most important maintenance service you can do because it keeps your engine healthy and operating at its prime. During your oil changes at Capital, we’ll also check your air filter which can save you up to 10% fuel consumption compared to driving around with a dirty and clogged one.
9. Don’t Start With Me
Remote starters are a gift from the heavens in the blistering, frigid cold that embraces us during the winter months. However, don’t start your car too soon before heading out; today’s engines don’t need as much warm-up time as its predecessors and you’ll end up wasting more gas and a huge cloud of exhaust emissions that will counteract all that recycling you do.
8. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Winter is coming. It always does. Make sure to use your block heater in the winter to warm the engine and make starting easier. The oil gets thicker below 0 degrees Celsius, making the engine work harder and use more fuel. If you can, use a timer to turn the block heater on a few hours before you plan to drive or else your money saved will go to your electricity bill for running overnight every night.
7. Check Your Tire Pressure
Your tires have more to do with your fuel consumption than you think. Low tire pressure wastes gas by 5% when underinflated by only 10 psi. Most new vehicles have the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and if you do – YAY! If not, check your tires once a month after they’ve been stationary for a few hours. Check your door panel or owner’s manual for the recommended pressure. Properly inflated tires will not only save your gas, you’ll save your tires too!
6. Use Air Conditioning
The summer isn’t over yet, but even when it comes back around, limit your A/C usage. When you’re driving in the city, running the air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by 20%. Just open a window and you’ll be fine! Unless, of course, it’s +35 Celsius… Then at least cool down your vehicle first and get it to a temperature at which you can avoid melting. On the contrary, when you’re cruising at highway speeds, having the windows open makes the engine work harder (read: consume fuel like a starving monster) because the aerodynamics of the car are compromised.
5. Use Cruise Control
If you’re on the highway, utilize that handy little button. Cruise control allows you to set and maintain a consistent speed, which will keep your engine and fuel economy happy and your wallet even happier.
4. Driving a Standard
Overall, driving a standard vehicle uses less fuel – only if you are using it properly. There’s a point at which you can shift at the most fuel-efficient speeds. If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, check your owner’s manual for the best speeds to shift to save fuel.
3. Don’t Waste Time
Plan small errands in one trip and try to avoid construction, traffic jams, and steep hills (which is probably what you want anyway – who enjoys sitting in traffic?!) Doing all your errands at once will allow your engine to reach peak operating temperature so it can do its best and you can reduce idling time. Idling for longer than necessary wastes more fuel than stopping and starting the engine up again. So you’re saving the environment and money. Win-win!
2. No Jerky Movements
Maintaining a speed on the road is optimal. By avoiding hard braking, aggressive driving, and rapid acceleration, you’re saving about 40% fuel consumption. So be smooth and be smart.
1. No Need for Speed
I have a heavy foot, and I know it. However, it’s one of the worst things you can do to waste fuel. Driving the posted speed limit is the law, obviously, but it’s also there to keep drivers safe and advertise the fastest you can drive on the road to maintain safety. For example, many off-ramps and curves in the highways have a lower posted speed limit – that’s because there’s a higher possibility of losing control at higher speeds than posted. Plus, lowering cruising highway speed from 120 km/h to 100 km/h will reduce your fuel consumption by 20%.
There you have it. 10 AWESOME tips for saving money on fuel. Which one are you guilty of?