Fuel Saving Tips

Whether you are driving a Prius or a three-ton SUV, chances are that you wouldn’t mind saving a little more on your gas mileage. With the prices at gas pumps today, saving a few gallons here and there when you fuel up can really add up. Here are a few tips on how to maximize your fuel savings.

Keep your car properly maintained

Keeping your car properly maintained, avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs, low fluid levels, etc. Keeping your tires inflated properly and your engine running correctly is critical in efficient gas mileage. If you’re unsure about proper maintenance, ask our service advisors how to keep your vehicle in great condition!

Avoid high speeds

Change the way you drive; don’t drive so aggressively. Drive according to the speed limit and try to avoid aggressive starts. As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases. Driving 65 mph (100 km/h) instead of 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%. Driving more efficiently is the key here.

Learn where to find cheaper gas

You may have learned that there are certain gas stations in your city that have generally cheaper gas rates. For example: Gas stations near major freeways can be more expensive than stations further away. It can pay to drive a few blocks from the freeway to find a deal.

Travel Light

Try to avoid always carrying a heavy load. Every item you add decreases your mileage. Avoid unnecessary items in your vehicle by removing heavy bags from your trunk. This can reduce fuel consumption. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your MPG by up to 2% so keep your trunk empty when you can!

Choose a more fuel efficient vehicle

When in the market for a new vehicle, always examine the fuel economy. For example, the Corolla LE ECO models feature a new 140-hp, 1.8 litre engine that incorporates Valvematic technology. Used for the first time on Toyotas in North America, the Valvematic system optimizes the intake valve life to improve fuel efficiency and delivers a combined fuel consumption rating of 5.7L/100km.

Knowing what your fuel consumption looks like from tank-to-tank is important but NOT enough. We hope these basic skills help you cut back on trips to the gas station.