Chris' Corner: Reducing your Fuel Consumption today

Reducing your Fuel Consumption today

Reduce your Fuel Consumption today.  You don't have to by a new Fuel Cell, Electric or Hybrid Car to reduce fuel consumption.  Making small changes in your driving habits can make a huge difference.

Here are some easy to apply tips that will reduce fuel consumption, Save Our Planet, and save you some money at the same time:

5) Remove that junk from your trunk - removing excess weight from your car will reduce your fuel consumption

4) Check Your Tire Pressure - Natural Resources Canada says that just one under-inflated tire can reduce your mileage by as much as 4%.  Need new tires?  Consider one of the many low rolling resistance tires currently marketed!

3) Turn off that Air Conditioner - When not needed, turn off the Air!!!  At lower speeds (below about 60 km/hr or about 35 mph), open a window.  At greater speeds the increase in wind resistance might outweigh any fuel savings created by turning off the air.  Many times, we just leave the Air Conditioner on permanently.  Do we need it earlier in the day or later in the evening?  Think about it...

2) Adjust your Driving Habits - Slow Down, Accelerate more evenly and more slowly from a stop, Look ahead and coast into a red light or stop sign rather than accelerate and then break, whenever possible try not to accelerate up hills... Just modifying your driving habits can reduce your fuel consumption by more than TWENTY PER CENT!!! (of course, this depends on how you drive right now)

1) Plan your trips and Drive Less - Postpone a trip and Combine trips, car pool if possible, consider other, more environmentally friendly forms of transportation.  Challenge yourself to reduce the kilometres/miles you drive.

Making one of more of these small changes in your driving habits will save you money, will reduce the fuel you consume, and will Help Save Our Planet!

Once you start on this journey, many more opportunities to Help Save Our Planet will appear!  Start by reducing your fuel consumption today!

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 8 commentsChris Smith • July 26 2011 12:24AM


Hi, Chris

   Regarding Tire Inflation

      Don't use the Numbers that are pasted on the inside of the Driver's Door.  Those are an Average suggested by the Car Manufacturer.   Instead, look on the Tire itself for the maximum Tire Pressure rating.  

     A typical car may have 32 PSI posted on the door, but the Tires will read 44 PSI.   Inflating those Tires to 35-37 PSI will increase your mileage.  (You may feel a slightly "harder" ride, and some Tire Dealers will say that the Centers of the Tire will wear out faster).

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Chris:  As far as driving faster.  I have found that when I am "upset..." I drive "angrier..." which ends up costing me about 3 MPG on the average.  I can always just look at my mileage per gallon read-out out on my dash... and then realize... "oh... I must be really upset about something"... if I see my MPG is down.  It is always right.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Fred, I have heard both sides... that you should stick to the car manufacturer's levels, however, I like you will trade off a little stiffness for better mileage and have stuck nearer the cold tire pressure maximum.  I have not suffered wear in the middle, though I, too, have heard that this is possible.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Karen, I have never heard it described that way, but it seems the when I drive well, I am calm, and I can remember years of driving through morning and afternoon rushes tended to make me an aggressive driver...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Great tips Chris! I am staying home not meeting with clients and just emptied out my trunk...I was filled to the rim with STUFF! Most of which I didn't need but always in a hurry and just kept putting things there...cylinder for balloons, 3 signs, extra clothes, papers. brochures, you name it!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Chris - With the very high gas prices, these are very valuable tips to minimize automobile operating costs.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

Wanda, it is amazing how much "stuff" ends up in our car... perhaps it is because I have a stationwagon, but it seems every couple of months I am cleaning it out.


Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Marc, these are some easier tips to implement, I hope you can use any of these to save some money...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago