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The following articles are derived from the Auto Logic library to help you prepare when you are travelling, or planning a road trip. The articles are organized by subject area. Please click on any one of the given articles below to see the information.

Fuel Saving Driving Tips

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing over 25 million litres of gasoline to vaporize each year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a cent or two every two litres.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,500kilometres, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plus causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 5 cents per litre.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  1. Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 2 to 15 cents per litre.
  2. Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per litre. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  3. Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 100 kph. Each kph driven over 100 will result in an additional 3 cents per litre. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.
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