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Five Tips for Conserving Gas (and your bank account!)

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In June 2, 2019
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There’s no escaping rising gasoline prices, especially if you’re one of our Canadian customers. From coast to coast, gas prices are quickly setting records, and definitely not in a good way. GasBuddy reports that average gas prices in Canada have risen 20 cents per liter since January. This means the average person now pays an extra $9 to fill up. British Columbia takes bragging rights for the most expensive province in Canada at an average price of $154.4 cents per liter. Alberta is the most affordable at $112.40. These prices are a far cry from 2009 when gas still was at less than a dollar a liter.

So what can you do to save money on gas? Well, you could take your vehicle off the road, take the bus, carpool, walk, or bike, but these options, unfortunately, aren’t realistic for everyone.

To help your bank account, we’ve compiled this list of other ways you can save and still drive your vehicle where you need to go.

1) Don’t excessively idle your vehicle: If you are in the habit of warming up your car in advance (in the winter), leaving it running at a rail crossing, or when you’re waiting to pick someone up, don’t let it idle up for longer than one minute. If you do, you not only waste valuable fuel, you also contribute massive amounts of pollutants to the atmosphere. In fact, running your engine wastes more gas than restarting the engine.

2) Buy gas early or late in the day, off the beaten path, and early in the week: Gas is cooler earlier in the day and denser. As temperature rise, gas density falls, meaning you get less gas than what you actually put in your tank. Gas is also typically more expensive at stations near major roadways and between Wednesday and Saturday. TIP: Buy before 10 am for the best prices.

3) Slow down and drive steady: Not only is driving fast dangerous, but it also increases drag and in turn fuel consumption. It’s better to drive at the speed limit (cruise control is great for this), drive smoothly (not accelerating quickly), and not brake excessively (saving your gas and your brakes!). In a test by Edmunds.com, accelerating slowly from a green light and stopping gradually for a red light cut fuel consumption for someone driving a Land Rover by more than 35% and for a Mustang more than 27%.

4) Roll the window up: Easier said than done in hotter weather, but like driving quickly, an open window increases drag and costs fuel in the long run. Removing unnecessary car racks and carries (ski, bicycle, and luggage) will also make your vehicle more aerodynamic. On the flip side, A/C can also quickly turn your car into a gas guzzler so keep it turned off as much as possible. Instead, crack your windows to circulate air.

5) Don’t wait until your gas light goes on: If you do, you’ll likely be stuck paying higher prices simply out of immediate necessity. If you can, take the route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights to conserve fuel until you arrive at your nearest station. Make sure when you do fill up that you’re filling up with the octane that your car’s engine actually requires.

Speaking of gas lights, if you ever do find yourself stranded with an empty gas tank, Access is always just a phone call away. All of our memberships include fuel delivery. Visit accessroadsideassistance.com/canada/roadside-assistance-memberships/ for more details or call 1.866.224.5989.

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