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Spend less for gas by improving fuel efficiency in your car

There seems no escaping it… the unprecedented high price of gas.

As of Monday morning, the average price for a litre of regular gas in Ontario was $1.70! With no end in sight end to this pain at the pump everyone is looking for ways to spend less on gas. While there are no answers here for how to stop price increases, there are some tips for improving fuel efficiency… and at these prices, every little bit helps

Maintain your vehicle: A properly maintained vehicle uses less gasoline because it works more efficiently. Three common maintenance tasks involve keeping tires properly inflated, changing the oil, and tuning up your engine.

Don’t speed: Seriously, don’t speed. Along with avoiding costly speeding tickets (which aren’t good for your insurance premiums), going the speed limit uses less gasoline. In general, once you travel over 80 km/h, gas mileage rapidly decreases.

Use the lowest manufacturer-recommended octane: Higher octanes are only necessary in specific circumstances.  Otherwise, you are just spending extra money for no benefit.

Avoid unnecessary idling: If you are going to idle for more than a minute, it is better to turn off the engine and restart to avoid unnecessary gas usage. Idling may be more convenient, but it won’t help you spend less on gas.

Use cruise control when possible: Maintaining a constant speed improves fuel economy. It also helps you avoid those speeding tickets we keep warning you about.

Use the air conditioner sparingly: Air conditioning puts about a 20% greater load on the engine and that means more fuel burned. Use the economy setting, if your AC has one, to circulate uncooled air and the recirculation setting to reduce the amount of outside hot air that needs to be chilled.

Combine errands: Combining errands, especially if you select an efficient route, decreases the number of miles you drive and thus the amount of gasoline used. Think like an Amazon delivery driver and plan out that route ahead of time.

Don’t accelerate or brake hard: Aggressive driving decreases your fuel economy by about 5% in the city and 33% at highway speeds. Sensing a trend yet? Safe driving means spending less on gas all around.

Keep car windows closed: Driving with the windows open creates a greater drag on the vehicle and decreases fuel economy by about 10%.

Avoid heavy loads: Do not store unnecessary items in your car. Just an extra 100 lbs. can decrease mileage by 2%. If you don’t need it, leave it at home.

By following these simple tips, you can increase your fuel efficiency and save money on gas in the vehicle you already have.

If you’re looking to save money on your vehicle’s insurance, contact one of the brokers or CSRs at DPM Insurance Group for a no-obligation policy review to ensure you have the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

 

Source: The General Insurance

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