There is a way to help drive down the impact of Canada’s high gasoline prices this Earth Day.

There is a way to help drive down the impact of Canada’s high gasoline prices this Earth Day.

This April 22, Canadians can empower themselves to change the two main factors that affect fuel consumption: their driving style and how they maintain their vehicle.

Peter Christianson, President of Young Drivers of Canada says, “Earth Day is a great time to remind drivers that their actions can really make a difference. Adjusting how one drives and regularly maintaining your vehicle will help conserve and lower the financial strain on Canadian families. Simple changes like removing roof racks and carpooling whenever possible all go a long way to sustaining our planet by using less fuel.  Starting the change on Earth Day is important. Even greater, continuing eco-friendly driving habits all year round will have a huge impact on our communities.”

Celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Earth Day initiative, Young Drivers of Canada has put together a top 10 list of ways drivers can go green. Plan your trips to consolidate several into one and travel in a logical order.

When approaching a red light, slow down early to save fuel for you and all the vehicles following. The cumulative saving is huge. Idling your engine more than 10 seconds wastes fuel.* Turn off the engine, unless you are at risk of collision. Avoid heavy acceleration and heavy braking as this style of driving uses up to 39 per cent% more fuel.*

In slower traffic, leave your windows down or use your vents.  For freeway driving, open windows create more drag so roll them up. When parking, pull in and through parking spots. Starting up forward uses less fuel.

Use the lane of least resistance, which is the lane that has the best flow, the best view and the least risk. You will avoid stopping or unnecessary slowing.

Keep your brakes in good working condition. Poor brakes burn more fuel and are a major safety concern.

Make sure your vehicle is properly tuned.  Check your owner’s manual to see how often your air and fuel filter should be changed.

Check your tire pressure at least once a month, even if you use Hydrogen in your tires.  Tire pressure fluctuates with the outside temperature.

Drivers have the ability to both do the planet some good and use more sense than cents by incorporating even a few of these tips into their drive. If you want to learn more about green driving, visit Young Drivers is recognized as an Auto$mart Registered Driving School by Natural Resources Canada.

*Stats from Natural Resources Canada

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