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11 Ways to Save At the Pump This Summer
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The summer season is typically when the average car owner increases their mileage. Be it with family vacation, with the kids being out of school, trips to the cottage, or even spending a few weekends exploring your surrounding neighbourhood, summer is the road trip season. With the escalating price of gas becoming a great concern for drivers, those who wish to go cruisin’ this summer must do all they can to save at the pump, or that trip may be out of the question. Here are some things you can do to lower the amount of gas you use.

There are many things you can do that are not time consuming but make a significant difference to your bottom line:

  • vCheck your vehicle’s octane level – Look in your car’s owner’s manual to find out the octane level of the fuel your vehicle requires. Buy the level required for your car, and don’t buy premium gas unless your car requires it. Studies show that over 15% of the cars using high-octane fuel do not require it. Using high-octane gas in a car that does not need it, in time can actually cause damage to the vehicle.
  • Make sure your tires are inflated correctly – Tires that are not properly inflated make it harder for your vehicle to move, meaning your using more fuel to keep up. A tire that has lost even 2 PSI increases fuel consumption by one percent.
  • Keep your car in good condition – Clean engines burn fuel with greater efficiency, so check and change your oil as needed. Follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule and check your air filter and other car fluids regularly.
  • Accelerate Normally – Wile accelerating slowly is not the best way to save fuel, and annoys others on the road, be sure that you also don’t accelerate hard. Quick starts and racing to red lights can increase fuel consumption.
  • Maintain a constant speed over long distances – Using cruise control and maintaining a constant speed can save on fuel. Constant acceleration and deceleration causes greater fuel consumption.
  • Go with the flow on the highway – do not speed on the highway/freeway. It requires more gas and the engine to work harder in order to maintain speed and move your vehicle though the air, working against drag.
  • Drive Lightly - Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the car’s interior or trunk. Remove roof racks and bike racks they are when not needed.
  • Cut down on using the A/C - The air conditioner puts a lot of extra pressure on the engine, meaning more gas is used. On average, a car operating with the air conditioning engaged uses about 20% more fuel.
  • Close your window and sunroof – Open windows and sunroofs at highway speeds can make a car 10% less fuel efficient. For fresh air, if you don’t want to use the A/C, is to change your settings to cold air on vent and crack the window only a little bit for extra ventilation.
  • Avoid unnecessary idling - If you are stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
  • Plan your drive – Including to work and to any errands you may have in order to avoid gridlock. This saves on fuel, and also saves frustration.
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