Driving Tips – Wood Wheaton Prince George
Gas prices aren’t going down any time soon. Here are 10 tips to get the most out of every drop of gas:
- Slow Down.
Driving just 10 km/hr over the speed limit can reduce your fuel economy by up to 15%. Relax, enjoy the ride, and cruise at or below the speed limit. Use cruise control to get even better efficiency.
- Take it easy.
Try to accelerate and brake gradually. You can take your foot off the gas pedal and coast most of the way to a stop light instead of burning up your brakes. This also saves you in other maintenance costs.
- Save A/C for the Highway
Using air conditioning at slow speeds uses much more fuel than driving with the windows open. Save the A/C for the highway, when its efficiency is roughly equal to that of driving with open windows.
- Avoid idling.
If you’re going to be idling your car for more than a couple of minutes, shut it off. You can burn up to a gallon of fuel per hour while you’re idling.
- Remove excess weight
Take anything that you don’t need out of your trunk and back seat. All of that excess weight adds up to poor fuel economy.
- Fill up when it’s cool outside
Fill up in the morning or evening when it’s cool outside. This prevents gasoline vapours from escaping so you get the most out of your fill-up.
- Use the correct fuel grade
Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle is designed to run on Premium or Regular fuel. Use the fuel octane recommended by our manufacturer for the best efficiency, and to avoid engine damage in the long-term.
- Check your tire inflation
Under-inflated tires can significantly reduce your fuel economy. Check your tire pressures when the tires are cool and be sure it matches the rating listed on your driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual.
- Combine trips
One trip will use less fuel than several. In addition to travelling fewer kilometers, you will use less fuel getting your engine up to operating temperature.
- Stick to your maintenance schedule
Keeping your engine properly maintained is important to getting good fuel economy. Ensure items like your air filter, fuel filter, oxygen sensors, spark plugs, and other components are replaced as specified in your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.
WINTER DRIVING SAFETY TIPS
While it’s hard to say that anyone can be truly prepared for winter, at least you can make sure your vehicle is. Here’s what you can do:
- Keep an ice scraper and snow brush in your vehicle at all times. Remember to completely clean the snow and ice off of your car before you drive.
- Check your tire pressure often, as cold weather can reduce it
- Ensure you have the right grade of engine oil, suitable for cold temperatures
- Replace your windshield wipers if needed
- Keep an emergency travel kit handy, including blankets, flairs, a shovel, road salt, and windshield washer fluid
- Equip appropriate winter tires for your vehicle for the best traction in cold conditions
Bring your vehicle in to Wood Wheaton GM for a certified service, and we will give your vehicle a multi-point inspection to ensure it’s safe and ready for the winter months. Book your service appointment now.
DRIVING SAFETY TIPS
- Buckle up!
The fine for operating a vehicle without seatbelts in BC is $167 – the same fee you will pay if you permit a passenger to ride without a seat belt. It’s not just about the fine: seatbelts save lives of both children and adults. If you’re driving with a child, be sure to secure them in the proper child, booster seat, or safety belt that’s appropriate for their size and age. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an airbag.
- Turn on your lights
Improve your visibility by turning on your vehicle’s lights in snowy or rainy weather, or whenever visibility is reduced. Even if your own visibility is fine without headlights, you want other drivers to be able to see you as well.
- Don’t drink and drive
Alcohol is a factor in many traffic fatalities. If you see someone who appears to be under the influence, call 911. Common signs of a drunk driver include:
- Stopping problems (too far, too short, or too jerky)
- Straddling a lane line
- Swerving or drifting
- Weaving across lane lines
- Accelerating or decelerating for no apparent reason
- Slow response to traffic signals
- Turning with a wide radius
- Driving without headlights at night
- Varying speed
- Stopping in a lane for no apparent reason
- Failure to signal or signal inconsistent with action
- Both Hands on the Wheel
You learned this in driver’s training. Keep your hands in the nine and three o-click positions to give you greater control so you can react if you need to make a quick maneuver. Driving with one hand might look cool, but getting in an accident certainly isn’t!
- Shoulder Check before Making a Quick Maneuver
Even if you have to make an emergency maneuver, try to check the lane you’re moving into to ensure the path is clear before changing lanes. Some new GM vehicles are equipped with lane watch technologies that will notify you if something is in your blind spot when you turn on the signal light.
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