Smart Driving

Following these simple suggestions will reduce fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Drive less, explore options to carpool, walk or cycle to work or use public transport.
  • Plan your trips and combine errands, cut down on unnecessary journeys.
  • Avoid abrupt stops and starts, ‘smooth driving’ will save your fuel.
  • Drive in the highest gear possible.
  • Maintain a constant speed, use cruise control.
  • Use air conditioning sparingly.
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained, especially tire pressure.
  • Removing unnecessary weight, or a roof rack, can improve fuel efficiency.
  • Using a block heater warms oil and coolant and makes your engine easier to start, improving fuel efficiency.
  • If you are replacing your car consider fuel efficient models or hybrid vehicles. Avoid vehicles that are more powerful then you need.

Did you know?

  • Poor tire maintenance costs Canadians collectively around $500 million/year and wastes an estimated 643 million litres of fuel.
  • Using air conditioning in stop-go traffic increases fuel consumption by as much as 20%.
  • Walking and cycling improves your health: you can burn up to 350 calories per hour!