There is nothing quite like the freedom of having your own vehicle. While that freedom feels great, one of the downsides of driving is the cost of gas. It’s unpredictable, expensive, and can make you want to give up driving forever!
Don’t throw your keys away just yet – below are a few tips that can help you save a bit of money at the pump.
1. Digital tools can help you save. Technology is your friend if you are trying to save money on gas. There are apps available that show where the cheapest gas prices are in your area. You can also use a tool like Google Maps to plan your route in advance. The new eco-friendly routing option will recommend the most direct route that uses the least amount of gas.
2. Safe driving habits can result in lower gas prices. Observe the speed limit, don’t floor it when the light turns green, avoid hard braking and coast as soon as you see a red light. You might save even more if your insurance company has an app that assesses your driving habits to offer you a personalized premium.
3. Reduce the weight of your vehicle. Don't store heavy items like sports equipment in your vehicle. The heavier it is, the more gas you’re using. Avoid having items in your car unless you specifically need them for that trip.
4. Get your tires checked. Did you know tire pressure affects mileage? If your tires are underinflated, your vehicle will use more gas to compensate. Make sure your tires are properly inflated for the most efficient use of gas.
While you can’t control the price of gas, there are little things you can do to try to save! We hope that this article will help our students and clients to do so. Aside from sharing these tips, we offer fuel-efficient driving techniques as part of our Beginner Driver’s Education (BDE) Course, which is approved by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Our students learn all about the benefits of fuel-efficient driving and how to be environmentally conscious after getting their license. For more information about our MTO approved BDE course, view our curriculum and course packages, or contact your location for more information!