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Driving more efficiently can reduce your fuel consumption by 5-20% and save you hundreds of dollars in fuel costs each year.

Reducing your fuel consumption reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other emissions (smog) that pollute our air. One litre of gasoline will create about 2.36 kg (5.20 lbs) of carbon dioxide - that's enough CO2 to fill over 300 4L ice cream buckets.

Defensive driving and fuel efficient driving have a lot in common. Driving the speed limit, looking ahead and anticipating traffic changes will help you reduce collisions and stay safer.

Combining trips allows you to spend more time with family and friends to stuff you enjoy instead of running errands.

It's easy to drive smarter to reduce your fuel consumption, save money and help reduce pollution and GHG emissions.

Combine trips.

Combine tasks into a single trip rather than making several trips throughout the day.

Anticipate traffic.

Look ahead and adjust your speed.  About 50% of the fuel consumed in city driving is used during acceleration.  Accelerate gently and steadily and never exceed posted speed limits.  Because wind resistance increases exponentially with speed, driving on the highway at 90 km/h rather than 120 km/h can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%.

Drop that extra weight in your car.

Avoid carrying non-essential heavy items such as tools and skis.  Remove roof racks when they are not being used.  More weight requires more fuel.

Use air conditioning responsibly.

Use air conditioning sparingly.  Shut off the air conditioning and roll down the windows to save fuel in city or low-speed driving, or just use your fan and vent settings instead.

Smooth sailing.

Reduce wind resistance.  Roof racks and open windows at highway cruising speeds will substantially increase drag (wind resistance) in today's aerodynamic vehicles, causing an increase in fuel consumption.

Learn to Be an Eco-Driver.

Take a course to learn to drive more fuel efficiently and safely.  Most people who take fuel efficiency driver training courses reduce their fuel use by an average of 10%.  The Environmental Youth Alliance is currently offering a fuel efficienttraining program

For more information, visit NRCan AutoSmart or BCAA.

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