We all like to save money on gas, and while there’s not much we can do about the prices at the pump in Kelowna, there are some little things that can be done to help reduce your car’s fuel consumption.
Here are 6 simple tips to help you save money on gas.
Get Rid of Excess Weight
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about dieting and hitting the gym! However, you should remove unnecessary items from your vehicle to make sure it is as light as possible. Obviously, if your vehicle is lighter, it will take less fuel to get you to your destination, whether that's Vancouver, or your kid's game at the Capital News Centre.
Idling is the enemy! Not only is it bad for the environment, but after about a minute of idle time, you will probably have used more gas than it would have taken to restart your car (the time varies based on the specific vehicle, but you get the point). To this end, avoid drive-thrus too! They’re terrible for idling and you will likely get your food and coffee more quickly if you pop inside the store.
Reduce Your Speed & Give Your Brakes a Break
Excessive speed = excessive fuel consumption! Your engine needs fuel for all that extra work and using your brakes excessively is bad too. Not only is it bad for your brakes and annoying for the drivers behind you, but it will lead to increased fuel consumption. Try to drive as steadily and evenly as possible, matching your vehicle to the speed of traffic. Basically, avoid stop-start driving.
Keep the Windows Up & Use A/C Sparingly
Having your windows down increases drag, which means more fuel consumption. On the flip side, leaving the A/C on constantly will also eat up more fuel. Keep your windows up and only use your A/C when necessary.
Make Sure Your Vehicle is in Good Shape
Specifically, we’re talking about having your air filter checked, making sure your wheels are properly aligned, your tires are at the right pressure and having your engine regularly examined and maintained. You also want to be sure that your mechanic is regularly checking and replacing your fuel filter to increase efficiency. Issues with any of these things can lead to increased fuel consumption.
Use The Internet
Websites like BCGasPrices.com and Tomorrow’s Gas Price Today offer a great opportunity for drivers to save money at the pumps. The websites track the current prices at gas stations throughout Kelowna, allowing you to see where the gas is cheapest. You can also take a look at predicted spikes in gas prices so that you can fuel up before they raise the prices at the pump.
Of course, one of the great things about reducing your fuel consumption is saving money, these tips will also help you reduce your vehicle’s carbon footprint too. If you have any questions about your vehicle's fuel consumption, or if you would like to schedule an appointment and get your vehicle in tip-top shape, please contact us.