As gas prices continue to rise, more Canadians are considering switching to electric vehicles. A recent survey by KPMG found that 61 percent of respondents would be willing to do so to save money on fuel. With the high cost of living, this is a smart way to cut expenses and simultaneously help the environment.
While it may be frustrating to see gas prices on the rise, there are things you can do as a driver to help improve your vehicle's fuel economy and offset the cost a bit. Try making small changes like driving a bit slower or keeping up with regular service intervals to help improve your car's gas mileage.
Here are some tips to improve your fuel economy and make the most out of every mile:
1. Follow Your Regular Maintenance Schedule
It is important to maintain your vehicle regularly to improve fuel efficiency and keep it running in optimal condition. Servicing every six months or 8,000 km is recommended by experts.
Check your brakes. Older or damaged brake components can make your car work less efficiently and use more fuel. If you need new brake parts, get ones designed to fit Toyota vehicles perfectly so your car performs at its best and is as fuel-efficient as possible.
Check your tires, too. Choosing the right tires for your car and the current season is essential to save on gas. The right tires will create less drag on the road, making your car more efficient. A technician can help you select the best tires for your car and the current weather conditions.
We will adjust your tire pressure to help reduce drag and make your vehicle more fuel-efficient. Proper wheel alignment delivers the right amount of friction while driving, ensuring your vehicle is operating at its most efficient.
2. Change Your Little But Damaging Driving Habits
There are lots of little ways you can save fuel by changing your driving habits. Try to accelerate slowly, plan ahead so you can coast instead of the brake, and only idle when you really need to. Use cruise control on long highway drives to keep your speed consistent.
ECO Mode is a setting on many modern cars that helps the driver save fuel. When ECO Mode is on, the car's throttle adjusts to make the car more fuel efficient. ECO Mode also helps if the driver is gentle with the acceleration and braking.
3. Keep Track of your Routine Vehicle Maintenance
It's also important to keep track of your vehicle's maintenance needs. You should clean out your fuel system to ensure old fuel doesn't cause any blockages. The Toyota Genuine Complete Fuel System Cleaner clears any fuel build-up inside your vehicle, which improves drivability and fuel economy. You can either perform the cleaning yourself or book an appointment with a professional.
Ensure that you only carry the necessary items before setting out on your trip. This includes both your bike and any roof racks. Extra weight can negatively impact your fuel economy.
You can do a few key things to improve your fuel economy. First, ensure your car is properly tuned and your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Second, avoid excessive idling and driving at high speeds. Finally, consider using a light-weight oil in your car. By following these tips, you can improve your fuel economy and save money on gas.
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