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Driving Tips: All Season

It's important to thoroughly read your owner's manual and follow itssuggestions. A poorly maintained vehicle typically consumes up to 40%more fuel than a properly maintained one.

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Read your owner's manual
It's important to thoroughly read your owner's manual and follow its suggestions. A poorly maintained vehicle typically consumes up to 40% more fuel than a properly maintained one.

Go the speed limit. Use cruise control.
Driving the speed limit helps maximize gas mileage. Cruise control may also maximize gas mileage by maintaining your vehicle at a constant speed.

Drive evenly. Avoid hard stops.
Quick starts burn gas while hard stops can cost you. Take your foot off the accelerator and coast a bit before stopping for a traffic light or a stop sign.

Avoid idling and rush hour traffic
You're burning fuel while idling - up to a 4 litres every hour. So, avoid rush hour traffic when possible.

Open windows at slow speeds. Use A/C on highways.
Air conditioners and heaters are efficient on the highway, but they can increase your fuel consumption by up to 12% in stop-and-go traffic.

Remove junk from the trunk
Just 45 kg (100 lb.) of extra weight inside your vehicle consumes up to 2% more fuel, so take unnecessary items out of your trunk.

Fill up when it's cool and before holidays
Cooler temperatures in the early morning or late evening create less vapour. Also, getting a fill-up three days before a holiday will help you save on the per-litre price at the pump.

Don't top off gas and tighten the cap
When buying gas, stop when the pump shuts off automatically. And remember, your tank needs both fuel and fumes, so tighten the gas cap after every fill-up.

Use the correct fuel grade
When buying gas, stop when the pump shuts off automatically. And remember, your tank needs both fuel and fumes, so tighten the gas cap after every fill-up.

Don't accelerate up hill
Build up speed before an incline, and then maintain it on the way up. Coast on the way down for additional fuel efficiency.

Avoid rooftop carriers
Unnecessary exterior objects (such as unused roof racks or bike racks) can increase the aerodynamic drag of your car and increase fuel consumption by 5%.

Hands on the Wheel
Always drive with both hands on the wheel. The best place for your hands are at the nine and three o'clock positions. This gives you greater steering control in all situations.

Quick Maneuvering
If you need to turn the wheel suddenly to avoid hitting an object in the path of your vehicle, look in the direction you're turning. If you look at the object, you're more likely to hit it.

Lights On, Please!
In rainy or snowy weather, turn on your headlamps and tail lamps. Even if your visibility is good, other drivers will have a better view of your vehicle in their rearview mirrors.

Overweight
Driving with a lot of excess weight in the trunk of your car or truck bed can decrease gas mileage. Remove the things that accumulate in these areas.

Figuring Out Your Mileage
Start out with a full tank of gas. Note the mileage on your odometer, or zero out your trip odometer. The next time you fill up; note how many litres of gas you've added and how many kilometres you've driven. Divide the number of litres added by the number of kilometres driven and multiply by 100. The resulting number is your vehicle's L/100 kilometres.

Engine Overheating
If your engine overheats in summer traffic, turn off the air conditioner and turn on the heater and fan to the highest level. It may be uncomfortable, but it will help cool down the engine.

Driving Out of a Skid, Backward and Forward
The best way to drive out of a skid is to take your foot off the accelerator, steer in the direction you want to go and constantly check for an escape route.