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Servicing Your Car

1588035Servicing your car is absolutely vital to it’s performance and fuel-efficiency. Make sure that you go to your dealer or local garage at least twice a year for oil changes and routine maintenance. Have them inspect your tires for wear and rotate them, check the brakes and keep the air filter clean and clear. whatever it takes to keep your machine running smoothly. This will dramatically reduce how much gas your car uses.…

Winter Gas Saving Tips

I just wrapped up interviews for the book with the Toronto Star’s moneyville.ca and the CAA Magazine. Their articles were all about “Winter Driving Tips” to save gas. There’s a ton of them that I shared, but one of the most important related to your car’s front windshield “defroster”. This system uses the air conditioner to clear your windshield of ice and frost. All very good and safe, but you must remember to turn it off as soon as the job is done. Many people drive around with this turned on for the ENTIRE Winter! So their car is working 20% harder to power the air con which powers the defroster. What an unnecessary waste of fuel.…

Stop Speeding Start Saving

One of the biggest ways to reduce your gas bill is to stop speeding. On the highway, 93 km/h is the most fuel-efficient speed to drive. For every 10 km/h that you drive over this limit, you are burning up an extra 10% of your expensive fuel. The average speed on the highway seems to be around 113 km/h so every car is wasting 20% extra gas. But the speeding concept continues in city driving as well. Jack-rabbit starts, racing between red lights, and flying down backstreets to ‘make up time’ all can eat up an extra 15% of your car’s gas. Most people speed because they are late. Plan ahead and leave early, then you won’t have to speed.…