Driving tips to help you save money on gasoline

Driving habit tips  

Discover how driving habits impact fuel economy.
Did you know that the way you drive can impact your fuel economy? From accelerating more smoothly to closing your windows on the highway, here are a few simple things you can do.
  • Slow down

    Aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking often wastes gasoline. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.††

  • Reduce idling

    Turn off your engine when you are stopped for more than 60 seconds, except when in traffic. The average vehicle with a three-litre engine wastes 300 millilitres—more than one cup—of fuel for every 10 minutes it idles. ††

  • Use cruise control

    Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, saves gasoline.††

  • Close your windows

    If driving at 100 km/h or greater, keep the windows closed. Open windows create a lot of aerodynamic drag, which can lower your fuel efficiency when driving at high speeds. Also, remove the roof rack if you’re not using it, for up to 10% savings on fuel.††

  • Lose some weight

    Removing 45 kg of stuff from your trunk could increase fuel efficiency by 2%.††

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††Source: The U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada