Road Trip Preparations
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Fuel-saving driving tips include:
- 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.
- Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles
per litre. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes
- 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.