Fleet Challenge Canada

Fleet Challenge Canada

September 27, 2005 16:17 ET

Fleet Challenge Canada: Simple Steps to Reduce Automobile Fuel Consumption

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 27, 2005) - To minimize the present pinch consumers are feeling at gas pumps, Fleet Challenge Canada reminds the public and commercial fleet managers of effective ways to reduce gas consumption.

"These are simple and proven ways to improve fuel performance in cars and trucks," says Ken Dack, Senior Vice President, Fleet Challenge Canada. The more of these measures you take, the more you can reduce how much fuel your car requires.

- Drive gently. Accelerating quickly and stopping sharply can reduce the time you need to get from A to B by about five per cent; however, it increases gas consumption up to 40 per cent.

- Slow down. Travelling at 90 km/h, rather than 110 km/h can reduce gas consumption by at least 20 per cent.

- Reduce idling. A motor left running when you've stopped wastes fuel unnecessarily. Motors consume two to four litres of gas per hour when a car idles. With today's prices, this can mean you're wasting as much five dollars an hour unnecessarily.

- Inflate tires properly. Make sure your tires have enough air by checking the air pressure. You can save about three to five per cent on fuel consumption simply by checking the pressure of your tires every month.

- Choose the right vehicle for your needs. Four-wheel drive traction can increase fuel consumption from five to 10 per cent, compared to vehicles with two-wheel drive traction.

Fleet Challenge Canada encourages and supports continuous improvement in energy efficiency and emission reduction among Canadian vehicle fleets of all kinds. The program receives core funding from Natural Resources Canada.

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