A few tips to help you save on gas

A few tips to help you save on gas

SSQ has come up with a list of 12 simple ways to cut down on your fuel consumption and save a few dollars.

Car tips

  • Keep your car well maintained. A neglected vehicle can consume up to 25% more fuel. For example, make sure there’s enough air in the tires, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and that the wheels are properly aligned.
  • Travel light. Don’t load your car down unnecessarily. A heavily loaded vehicle can increase your annual gas budget by 2%.
  • Opt for a car with low gas consumption. Although this may seem insignificant, don’t forget that the model you choose can have a long-term effect on your wallet.

Driving tips

  • Slow down. For example, travelling at 100 km/hr instead of 120 km/hr over an extended period can reduce your gas consumption by 20%.
  • Avoid abrupt changes in speed. This way you’ll accelerate and brake less, which means a lower gas bill.
  • Stopped for more than one minute? Turn off the engine. It costs less to start the car again than to let it idle, which takes between 1.1 to 4.1 litres of gas an hour.
  • Contrary to popular belief, in winter, you shouldn’t heat up your car for more than 30 seconds. If you want to heat up the interior before setting off and save some money, get a block heater instead.
  • In summer, when it’s not too hot, try avoiding using the air conditioning, which can increase your gas bill by 15%. It’s better to keep the windows up at high speeds, however, to improve your car’s aerodynamics and thus cut down on gas consumption.

Driving habit tips

  • Plan your outings. For example, run as many of your errands as possible at once and try to avoid traffic jams.
  • Consider carpooling.
  • Try a little muscle power! Get reacquainted with your sneakers, inline skates or your bike. Not only is it good for you, it’s good for your gas budget.
  • Forget about fuel savers. According to the CAA, tests on these devices are inconclusive.

*Source: CAA-Quebec