How to be an Eco Driver

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September 7, 2017 | by: marysullivan

How to be an Eco Driver

Using CAA’s eco-driving tips drivers can save hundreds of dollars at the pump each year, avoid costly speeding tickets, repairs and insurance hikes and even prevent unnecessary wear on your vehicle.

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Accelerate Gently

The harder you accelerate the more fuel you consume. In the city, you can conserve fuel by easing onto the accelerator pedal gently and gradually.

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Coast to Decelerate

According to one study referenced by Natural Resources Canada, frequent “jackrabbit” starts and hard braking reduce travel time by only 4 per cent, but increase fuel consumption by 39 per cent. A lot of energy is used trying to get a vehicle up to cruising speed – energy which is lost when the vehicle is forced to slow down unnecessarily.

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Anticipate Traffic

Plan your maneuvers well in advance to maintain your vehicle’s momentum. Read the road ahead, anticipate road disruptions, monitor the movements of pedestrians and other vehicles.

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Avoid High Speeds

As you increase speed, more power is needed to push the car through the air. Driving at lower speeds can greatly reduce fuel consumption.

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Maintain a Steady Speed

Be consistent. Unintentional dips in speed and sudden bursts of acceleration to keep pace take a toll on your tank – and your wallet. In fact, tests have shown that varying your speed up and down between 75 km/h and 85 km/h every 18 seconds can increase your fuel use by 20 per cent.

Source: www.caa.ca

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